The Wakami System
Wakami is a social system that connects rural communities to global markets to generate income and transform cycles of poverty into cycles of prosperity.
Establishing Women-Led Businesses in Rural Guatemala.
Divided into nine training cycles over the span of two years, our hands-on program empowers women living in rural villages to establish their own micro businesses, transforming them into leaders within their communities
Providing Artisan Families with Investment Opportunities
We believe in providing our artisans with resources that allow them to invest their income strategically. By having the opportunity to thoughtfully invest, artisan families are able to improve their homes and livelihoods.
our social programs
Impacting the lives of over 500 women.
Our business training incubator challenges women to dream, something most have never been asked to do. They learn the ins and outs of establishing and running a formal business. Each woman is provided with a network of support and resources. Once completed, we become their first customer! This program has allowed more than 500 women across 20 different businesses to gain access to global markets.
We believe each child deserves to live a healthy and happy life, with good nutrition at the core. Our nutrition team carefully monitors the nutritional status of our artisans’ children. We focus on improving early nutritional development, which is why we focus on infants, young children, and women of childbearing age. Through hands-on workshops, we educate artisan families on healthy food choices.
We want each child in the Wakami system to have access to education. Since many children in Guatemala do not finish school, we provide scholarships to our artisans’ children to keep them in primary and secondary school. We are proud to say that Wakami children have a 140% higher attendance rate than the national average.
Once women have a source of income, they are more likely to invest in their family. We promote healthy families and communities by providing access to products such as water filters, smokeless stoves, and solar energy and covering 50% of the cost. Nearly half of Wakami women have benefited from this program.