MayaWorks fair trade clerical stoles are woven by the talented artisans of Panabaj, a small hamlet located within the rural town of Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala. Santiago Atitlán is located on beautiful Lake Atitlán. In addition to the stole weavers, MayaWorks also works with bead workers and crocheters in this community to produce many of our products. The stole weavers have been perfecting their craft since the 1970s. An American priest in Santiago was troubled by the incredible poverty he witnessed and set out to create a means of income for the impoverished Mayan people. When seeing the artisans incredible weaving skills he could not help but to think they could create clerical garments! MayaWorks started working directly with these artisans in 1997 and have been buying their amazing work ever since. The artisans are paid a fair wage for their work and, additionally, are supported through scholarships to send their daughters to schools, microcredit loans to start their own small businesses and literacy and skills trainings.