Chuwila of Quiejel

Quiejel is a small village near Chichicastenango in the Highlands of Guatemala—their residents are K’iche’ Maya and speak their native language of K’iche. The women in this community preserve and celebrate their cultural identity by using their traditional dress. Their “huipil,” the traditional blouse, features natural designs of plants and animals. This small community values the customs, traditions, beliefs, and practices passed down to them by their ancestors.
Chuwila has an active membership base—led by Yolanda Calgua Morales—and respects the unique experiences of each of its members. They meet regularly to discuss new orders and business practices. The cooperative’s dream is to one day open up a shop to sell their products in the town of Chichicastenango.