Wakami was established in 2006 by Kiej de los Bosques, a social enterprise in Guatemala with the mission of generating income in disconnected rural communities.
Wakami is a socially conscious brand that designs handmade fashion accessories. Our brand represents a rustic, yet urban lifestyle and encourages people to connect with one another—the Earth—their dreams. We aim to enrich the lives of both the artisans who create Wakami products and those who buy them, inspiring them to do what they love most. Through our entrepreneurial driven model, artisans are able to empower themselves and become leaders of change in their communities.
Our Social Vision
Dreams+Opportunity = Change
We work closely with our non-profit partner Comunidades de la Tierra to create sustainable, income-generating opportunities for people in isolated areas of Guatemala. Comunidades de la Tierra reaches out to artisans in rural villages all over the country and presents them with the opportunity to become entrepreneurs and establish their own formal businesses. Artisans participate in a two-year business-training program that teaches them the valuable skills they will need to run their company. At the completion of the program, the artisans establish a formal enterprise that becomes a production partner with Wakami. This relationship provides a sustainable source of income for the advancement of their families, investment in their communities, or reinvestment in their businesses.
Four Areas of Impact
Nutrition and education: The nutritional health of children is checked regularly based on their height to weight ratio. School attendance is monitored.
Water filters, stoves, solar energy kits, rain water harvesting units and other useful devices are provided to families, benefitting both the individual home and the environment.
Participants plant and cultivate organic gardens, producing fresh, healthy food. Solid waste management and recycling programs are implemented to provide an improved quality of life.
Local forums are open to the public for people to propose new initiatives that would benefit their community. Some community developments include recreational parks, arts and crafts centers and improved roads. The Wakami Village program was created to give people in rural villages the opportunity to access products and services that improve their homes and communities.
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