"Thanks to the Lord, we've all inherited a weaving legacy that allows us to become women of independent means who can contribute to the family's finances as well as to our village’s economy."
"Santa Ana Cooperative is made up by a group of women from a beautiful village in Quetzaltenango surrounded by nature and usually cold weather. I am Candelaria Ramos, the Cooperative’s spokesperson.
"We all grew up in poverty, under conditions that made it impossible for us to either receive a formal education, or to finish our studies. Thanks to the Lord, we've all inherited a weaving legacy that allows us to become women of independent means who can contribute to the family's finances as well as to our village's economy.
"Some time ago we got together as a group of weavers, nothing formal, just to share weaving ideas and improve our sales. There used to be a woman who represented us and helped us get organized. Now we are a cooperative with 160 members ranging in age from 35-50 years old.
"We support each other so we can share our products with others, generate sales and achieve more benefits, be it economic as well as of personal growth.
"There have been many people along the way who have helped us, and we are very grateful to each and every one of them for lending us a hand to succeed. Now that we are better organized and have learned many new things, we feel it is our time to take flight, always respecting our culture as we elevate Guatemala's weaving legacy.
"We enjoy weaving – it's what we know best. For many of us, weaving has been the main source of income for several family generations. We hope with all our hearts that our sales will increase so we can invite more women to join our cooperative, and have more of our textiles to show the world. Thank you Novica friends for your belief in us and in our art."