Weave A Dream Programs
- Ixoqui Ajkeemaa' Women's Weaving Cooperative
- Scholarship Program
- Winter Break Cultural Exchange Trip
- Future Plans
Ixoqui Ajkeemaa' is Tzutujil phrase meaning simply "women weavers." Headed by Miriam Ujpan Navichoc, Asociacion Ixoqui Ajkeemaa is a group of women who use their ability to weave to help support the household income, especially to subsidize the costs of schooling for their children. Weaving is a very important part of Mayan culture and a Mayan woman's identity, so weaving cooperatives such as this also help to preserve Mayan cultural traditions. While Ixoqui Ajkeemaa runs their own store front in San Juan, Weave A Dream sells their products online at the Online store and also to vendors in New York City.
Read more about Ixoqui Ajkeemaa in their own words (in Spanish and below translated into English)
Since the women of Ixoqui Ajkeemaa have express that education for their children is a one of their highest priorities, Weave A Dream also sponsers a partial scholarship program for the children of the women in the cooperative. While we do not currently have the funds to provide full scholarships to all the children, partial scholarships can allow children to both go the better schools and ease the burden of education for the family. Scholars are from elementary to college age.
To qualify for a scholarship, participants must attend a variety of workshops designed by the women of Ixoqui Ajkeemaa'. These workshops focus on preserving Mayan cultural traditions and fostering pride in the community. Since Mayan traditional have been suppressed for centuries, with great intensification during the Guatemalan Civil War, their preservation is extremely important. Activities include a lake clean-up day around Lago Atitlan, creating a community garden, and learning a traditional Mayan dance.
Winter Break Cultural Exchange Trip
For the last two years, Weave A Dream has conducted a Winter Break Cultural Exchange trip in San Juan La Laguna, a small Guatemalan town of Tzutujil Mayas around the Lago Atitlan area.During these trips, Columbia University Undergraduates get a chance to meet the women of Ixoqui Ajkeemaa',the weaving cooperative that Weave A Dream works with, and their children, who recieve partial scholarships to help subsidize the cost of schooling.
Students also participate in a variety of cultural programs with the residents of San Juan. All activities are planned jointly by Weave A Dream coordinators and Miriam Navichoc Ujpan, the president of Ixoqui Ajkeemaa.' Trip actiities are designed both to give Weave A Dream scholars a chance to show their hard work and help undergraduates better understand Mayan culture.
To download an application and information for this year's trip,
To learn more about last year's trip, click here
To read interviews from the residents of San Juan about their view on the Guatemala Civil War, Indigenous Rights, and Mayan identity, click here.
In the future, Weave A Dream plans to promote greate activism and awareness of Indigenous Rights, espeically on Barnard and Columbia campus. We also plan on partnering with more cooperatives and expanding to more store, both inside and out of the New York City area. If you would like to help with any of our programs, or have any comments, complaints, or suggestions, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org