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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Serengetee's Campus Reps Come to Guatemala
Shanda

If you haven’t already heard of Serengetee, you definitely need to check them out.  It is a super popular and trendy clothing company that creates and sells products with the goals of empowering causes and communities and bolstering local economies in developing nations, just like Guatemala.

We are lucky enough to work closely with Serengetee to source unique hand-woven fabrics from the region of Peña Blanca here in Guatemala.  The Peña Blanca fabric all started with Rosa and Living on One.  Serengetee co-founders, Jeff and Ryan, wanted to support Rosa and her family by providing a market for her weavings. 

Photo Credit: Brittney Christie

After working together with Rosa to perfect a design, Serengetee began to purchase all of the fabrics she could produce.  Thanks to the growing popularity of the Peña Blanca design, the demand for the hand-woven fabric was too high for just one person to complete.  Rosa called on her friends for some help and now Serengetee provides 25 women in Peña Blanca with consistent work every month through weaving! 

Photo Credit: Brittney Christie

On the 10th of July Serengetee founders Jeff and Ryan came down to visit us in Panajachel with a team of their Campus Reps from the US.  We were thrilled they got to meet the women that had been hard at work weaving fabrics.  All 25 women from Peña Blanca came to Mayan Families to deliver their fabrics and to meet the Serengetee team.  The women are all so thankful for the economic opportunity that Serengetee provides and were very happy to meet and take photos with everyone (especially Ryan, who I think was the tallest person they had ever met!). 

Photo Credit: Brittney Christie

On Monday we took an outing to the Tierra Linda Preschool Nutrition Center.  The morning was filled with so many awesome activities.; the kids got to play with play-doh, and then everyone went outside for the best recess ever, filled with bubbles, bouncy balls, and other fun toys.  

Photo Credit: Brittney Christie

Serengetee not only provided our pre-schoolers with a morning of fun and entertainment, they also generously donated new serenge-tees to all of the preschoolers, so all the kids were looking super stylish! 

Photo Credit: Brittney Christie

After finishing up in Tierra Linda, we drove over to Pena Blanca where Serengetee installed three stoves in the homes of three of the weavers who were most in need.  It was a great opportunity for everyone to see the homes of the women and meet their families, and also learn more about the traditional methods of weaving and see it in action. 

Photo Credit: Brittney Christie

After visiting the three homes, we were lucky enough to go visit Rosa in her home.  Rosa introduced everyone to her mother and grandmother and talked about how grateful she was of the support from Ryan and Jeff.  She spoke about some of her hardships growing up, she spoke about her weaving work and how she “wasn’t looking for people to just give things to me, because it is a bad habit to get accustomed to.  I wanted people to give me the opportunity to work, and that is why I am so thankful to Ryan and Jeff and Serengetee. “ Everyone in the group was extremely inspired by Rosa’s words and it reaffirmed that all their hard work is truly appreciated.

Photo Credit: Brittney Christie

Overall, it was a blast having Serengetee come visit us, and we look forward to their next trip!



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