AFEDES: Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez

Weaver Salomé Chocoyo demonstrates how to use the foot loom.

Weaver Salomé Chocoyo demonstrates how to use the foot loom.

AFEDES: Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez

FOUNDED IN 1998 | IDEX PARTNER SINCE 2004 | www.afedes.blogspot.com

AFEDES was founded by women seeking to improve their economic opportunities.

AFEDES works in the Sacatepéquez province of Guatemala with over 1,000 indigenous women members, promoting their political participation and social empowerment. Founded in 1993 by a group of Maya Kak’chiquel women seeking to improve their economic opportunities, AFEDES was re-constituted in 1998 after the Guatemalan civil war ended.

Today, their core work focuses on training on women’s rights, civic participation, and leadership development. In addition, AFEDES carries out an agroecology program focused on the intersection of sustainable agriculture and soil recuperation to achieve real food security for communities in the region.

To learn more about AFEDES and their impressive work, watch this short news report below:

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