MayaWorks deacon stoles are hand crafted using fair trade principles in Santiago Atitlán, a tiny town near beautiful Lake Atitlán. The stole weavers live in a small hamlet called Panabaj. They are the only MayaWorks partners that speak the indigenous language of Tzutujil. They've been perfecting their liturgical stoles since 1970 when a priest named Stanley Rother encouraged them to create stoles as a means of income. Father Rother sought a sustainable form of income for artisans who were suffering from poverty. MayaWorks has been working with Mayan weavers since 1997 providing them with a fair wage for their work. This has allowed them to support their families and has helped their community to develop. The artisans are happy to sell their products within the United States and see Father Rother's dream come to fruition.