The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives. Olga has worked with indigenous cooperatives for many years, helping them grow and develop to meet their daily economic challenges.

More than 30 years ago, Olga helped organize grass-roots projects and cooperatives throughout Guatemala, helping them become self-sufficient with a marketable trade and quality products that they could sell. Because of her skills in textiles and custom design work, she helped hundreds of women learn business and marketing skills, as well as how to perfect their artistic talents in a trade that they love.

Even today, Olga travels to visit and help many indigenous cooperatives, taking a personal interest in their success. We can feature more about these cooperatives as our blog grows, so come back often to learn more!



Shown here is Amalia Gue, from Alta Verapaz,
who was very successful at last year’s
Santa Fe International Folk Art Market.