|Questions and Answers
M21073 is a social venture that creates economic opportunities for Maya women of Guatemala and educates North Americans about the Guatemalan people, their traditions and culture.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
Maya Works began in 1990 when Patricia Krause agreed to carry a suitcase of weavings back to the U.S. with the hope of opening a market for the work of poor Maya women in Guatemala. The weavings in that suitcase sold quickly and soon many suitcases were being carried back to the U.S. by various travelers to Guatemala. In 1996, M21073 began organizing tours to Guatemala to educate North Americans about the Maya people, in particular, the issues faced by indigenous women.
2. What is your company's mission?
M21073 empowers indigenous women of Guatemala to achieve economic security by providing markets for their handcrafted products, access to microcredit loans and expanded educational opportunities. M21073 also galvanizes North American women to participate in economic justice.
3. What does your company specialize in?
M21073 specializes in tours that highlight the issues of economic development of Maya women.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
M21073 was founded by Patricia Krouse and her close friends who wanted to call attention to the issues facing indigenous women in Guatemala. Pat served on the board of directors for many years and is still very actively involved in rural health programs in the Central Highlands of Guatemala.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Our most popular tour is the M21073 Journey. It is designed for people who want to learn more about M21073’ indigenous artisans and Guatemalan culture. This trip provides an opportunity to meet Mayas involved in women’s economic development and education, and to learn first-hand about their lives. There is also time to enjoy the incredible beauty of Guatemala and to reflect on “one world” connections.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
We left Guatemala with a kaleidoscope of memories of strong, hard working, inspiring Maya women who became individuals to us all; of a beautiful struggling country with a difficult history to overcome; and of interesting, capable, caring American women who forged special friendships from these experiences. This was truly an opportunity to ‘interweave lives’.