By creating localized cooperatives of woodworkers throughout the rural Guatemala, we are able to provide communities with stable income and a specialized woodworking skill set, both of which would otherwise be unavailable to them.
We accomplish this by providing a paid two-week course in which participants learn by constructing their own chairs. Graduates of this course that show motivation and consistency are invited to continue producing furniture from their homes using wood that we supply. Communities are encouraged to refer new members in need of employment to our woodworking course. This way, we create a network of self-sustaining cooperatives capable of providing for their families while gaining useful woodworking skills.