About Us

Who We Are

Sanik, formerly named Las Mujeres del Triunfo, is a weaving cooperative located in the central highlands of Guatemala near the pristine Lake Atitlan. Our artisans are dedicated to making the finest handmade goods.  In their words "Weaving is our life. It is what allows us, the women, to put bread on the table for our children."

The name Sanik (saan-eek) comes from the Maya Kaqchikel word for worker ants.  Kaqchikel, the local native language, is the way the women naturally express themselves and conduct group business.  The artisans chose the word Sanik because "on their own ants cannot accomplish much, but as a group they can accomplish great things."  The women of Sanik elected this name because individually they were powerless. Together, they were able to join their resources and put markets in Guatemala and the United States within their grasp. They have since accomplished incredible feats, such as creating global fair trade partnerships and implementing a scholarship program for their children. Sanik, as a dedicated group, will continue to overcome adversity and build a better future. 

Our History

In 2005 a group of women in the village of El Triunfo established a weaving cooperative at a community meeting in order to provide women with a more consistent way of earning income. The women united to support their families, preserve their culture, and ensure that their children have more opportunities in the future. Over the years the cooperative has grown to ten full-time weavers.  These weavers train other artisans in the community to create a high quality product that Sanik demands of all its artisans, which ultimately creates an income for more than 20 women in the village. 

The women use the traditional art of back-strap weaving, which has been passed down through generations, to express their cultural identity, create unique and high quality products, and generate an income for their families.

The Sanik weaving cooperative is thriving under the guidance of its founder Juana Xoch.  A mother herself, Juana saw the potential her neighbors had for selling their traditionally made products in the market place. Yet, most of the women of El Triunfo never had the opportunity to receive an education and do not speak Spanish, the language of the marketplace. The weaving cooperative allowed the women to band together to overcome the adversities of language and limited access to sustainable markets. Weaving is often the only opportunity for the women to contribute economically to their family and invest in their children’s education.

Over the past seven years, Sanik has become increasingly formal and has created fair trade partnerships with stores in Guatemala and in the United States. The women have achieved incredible success and look to continue to work together towards a better future for themselves, their families, and their community.

We hope to continue to grow our success, and we sincerely appreciate your business with our weaving cooperative.

- Sanik

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