Supply Chain Management on beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

Support Women Empowerment in Panajachel, Guatemala

Innovation, Manufacturing, Operations, Vendor Management
Can Start: 
as soon as possible
Can Stay: 
2 weeks to 2 weeks
Must Speak: 
English, Spanish
Accommodations, Learning Opportunity, Meal Stipend
Sponsored By: 

We think this is a meaningful project for the experienced supply chain manager to support women empowerment in Panajachel, Guatemala.

Opportunity Details


We are a Fair Trade Social Enterprise and registered nonprofit located in Panajachel, a small town on Lake Atitlan in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Since the late 1980s, we have been partnering with cooperatives of indigenous women artisans to bring traditionally-produced textiles to the global marketplace. We are a small organization of about 10 full and part time employees (majority local people).  

We work with 8 cooperatives of rural Maya women who specialize in backstrap weaving, crochet, and pine-needle basket production.  Many of the women we work with are illiterate and live in situations of poverty.  We would like to improve these women's access to economic opportunities while maintaining high quality in the production of textiles and other goods.  

We need an expert to help with our supply chain management to put functional systems into our production operations, evaluate changes to lower costs, evaluate how to pay our collaborating artisans more (and fairly), and to streamline production to improve quality and delivery times, etc.  


Spanish fluency will be helpful as this is a bilingual office, however, the Experteer will mostly be working with our Director and our Product Development and Sales Manager, who both speak English. 


The individual who would help us with supply chain management would help us develop and implement new internal processes for the sales and production areas, as well as provide an analysis of changes that could be made to the supply chain to streamline it, lower costs for the organization, and increase payments to collaborating artisans.  


  • Innovation
  • Manufacturing
  • Operations
  • Vendor Management


  • English
  • Spanish

We Provide These Local Benefits


We will provide a homestay with a Guatemalan family, private room with private/shared bathroom (depends on family), some families have wifi and others do not. The accommodation will be within walking distance of the work location.


The Homestays providers we work with in Panajachel can provide 3 meals per day. They are wonderful families with knowledge about safe food preparation and cultural sensitivity. 


We are experts in the local culture, especially the weaving tradition that dates back to the time of the Maya Empire.  The Experteer will have a unique experience learning about this beautiful and culturally-rich area of the world and help empower women in the process.  


We will provide transportation to and from the airport.

We operate an Ethical Tourism Program around Lake Atitlan and can provide tours to local indigenous villages that include weaving demonstrations.  We will provide food and transportation while on the tour.  


Questions & Answers About this Opportunity

Hello I am interested in this opportunity. I am working as operations consultant in France. Before to apply, I am currently in Guatemala until the end of the month. Do you think it's possible to do the volunteering now or is it for next year? Thank you
Emine, Dec 5th, 2016
Hello Emine, Thank you for expressing interest in Maya Traditions! Our office is closed Dec 16th- Jan 4th. We are really looking for a full two week commitment and before then would be cutting it close. Would you be able to start next year? Looking forward to hearing from you!
Representative of this opportunity, Dec 5th, 2016

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Industry: Education, International Trade and Development, Non-Profit, Textiles

Mission: Women Empowerment

Size: Small organization: 5 - 25 persons

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