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TRAMA Textiles is an 100% worker owned and run cooperative.

  • President: Amparo de León de Rubio
  • Vice-President: Oralia Chopen
  • Secretary: Julia Dias Mendez
  • Treasurer: Juana Rosenda Cholotio Hernandez
  • 1st Member: Socorro Sicay Perez
  • 2nd Member: Maria Luisa Chabes Pio
  • 3rd Member: Isabel Guajchaj

These women represent a snapshot into the stories and background of the 400 women represented by TRAMA Textiles.

AMPARO DE LEÓN DE RUBIO

Passionate about improving opportunity and livelihood for women, Amparo is the current president of TRAMA Textiles. Amparo’s father died when she was 11 years old, leaving her mother and siblings destitute. Amparo learnt to weave to support her family and has devoted her life to empowering women to support themselves, their families and communities.

As Amparo can read, write and speak in Spanish, she explains that she is lucky as the majority of weavers represented by TRAMA Textiles are illiterate. Amparo has worked with TRAMA Textiles for over 23 years and is based at the TRAMA office in Xela, coordinating the work of the 400 weavers across the highlands of Guatemala.

 

 

ORALIA CHOPEN

As the vice-president of TRAMA Textiles, Oralias dream is to fully employ the 400 women who work with TRAMA. For Oralia, paying women a fair wage for their products is incredibly rewarding as it has a direct impact on empowering women within the community.

Oralia joined TRAMA as a teenager, encouraged to pursue TRAMA’s mission by her father’s passion to help women affected by the civil war. Oralia lives in Xela with her family and in addition to managing the TRAMA cooperative she teaches weaving at the Trama office.

 

ISABELA AND PAOLA SET ZORIN

Sisters Isabela and Paola Set Zorín represent 10 weavers from Nucaceria El Adelanto, Sololá. For the past 15 years they have been working with TRAMA Textiles. They are in the unique position of speaking both Spanish and Kakchikel, allowing smooth communication between the groups of TRAMA and their represented women who speak solely in Kakchikel. They learnt to weave at the ages of 8 and 10 from their mother, and later dropped out of school to financially support their family by weaving. Isabel has passed on the art of weaving to her 9 children to ensure this cultural tradition remains alive. TRAMA has provided the revenue for Isabela and Paola to support their families.