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About Us

What We Do

Weave A Dream is a student-run fair trade organization, dedicated to raising scholarship money for the children of Guatemala’s Mayan women’s cooperatives. We sell hand made fair trade products in New York City and use the sales profits and donations to operate education programs for women and children in San Juan, Guatemala. We also work to facilitate cultural exchange and spread information about Mayan culture in the U.S.

People

Miriam Ujpan Navichoc is the Director of Weave A Dream on the ground in San Juan La Laguna. Her mother founded Asociacion Adimat in 1984, and she has been president of Adimat since 1994. Before starting Weave A Dream, Miriam worked as the Weavings Production Manager at the award-winning international fair trade organization, Mercado Global.

Suzanne Simmons (BC '11) is the current acting president of Weave A Dream. Previously, she's worked on community service projects in local education and won the Spanish Departmental Award for her graduating class. She is majoring in Political Economy with a concentration in Human Rights at Barnard College of Columbia University.

Molly Croog (BC '11) is currently conducting operations in New York City. She is majoring in Economics at Barnard College.

Kai Zhang (BC '09) created Weave-a-Dream in 2007, after spending a year working for Mercado Global in 2006, and managing jewelry production with coworker and friend Miriam Navichoc. She led the first Barnard-Columbia winter break trip to Guatemala (2007-2008), and is continuing to work with the student group.

How You Can Help

We’re currently looking for student leaders who are interested in sustainable development, fair trade, education, marketing, and business to make our fund-raising in NYC a success. If this is you, please contact: weaveadream@gmail.com

Application for the 2009-2010 Winter Break Cultural Exchange Trip are up now! Download a copy 2010 Trip Application

Want more information about this year's trip? Come to an information session this week on Friday, October 29th at 1pm in the lower level 2 of the Diana.

Weave A Dream is proud to be working with La ComUnidad, an organization the supports women's jewelry cooperatives. Look for their products in the store section soon!

Want to learn more about Guatemalan culture and San Juan La Laguna? Try these links:

Extensive report on the Guatemalan Civil War: Guatemalan Truth and Reconciliation Report

Website by a native of San Juan on Tzutujil Culture: La Casa De La Mente

An extensive website on the Popol Vuh, a classical Mayan religious text, with translation in K'iche', English and Spanish. Popol Vuh

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