Wakami is a brand developed by Kiej de los Bosques, a social enterprise that markets products from rural communities in Guatemala.
We started working with a single rural community 15 years ago, and now collaborate with over 40 groups. During this time we have learned a lot about community development, social entrepreneurship, productive processes based on quality and demand, and the improvement of livelihoods through income generation and market access. We have also learned a lot about about ourselves!
At Kiej, we dream of an ideal world - one where everyone lives in harmony, where diversity is celebrated, and where rights and responsibilities are treasured. These aspirations encourage us to find solutions in which prosperity and well-being are common to everyone.
Wakami products are the result of collaboration between our designer´s team and several artisan groups with the shared dream of connecting the world to the Guatemala experience. Wakami links people through products that enrich the lives of those who buy them and change the lives of those who produce them.
Thanks to many wonderful women from rural communities our products are infused with centuries of Guatemalan cultural heritage, and their production is bringing prosperity to previously extreme poverty-stricken communities: