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Posadas Mayas, Guatemala

Location -  San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala

95% of the inhabitants of San Juan La Laguna are Indigenous Tz'utujil Mayans. The local economy is very limited and men mostly work as labourers for private coffee producers and the women weave. The homestay programme that has been created aims to increase income for the Tz'utujil people, whilst also conserving their culture and supporting the long term health of the local environment. 

There are 647 families directly denefitng for the programme and a further 400 people indirectly benefitting from the additional tourism to the area. Funds from the homestay programme are used to improve local infrastructure, provide education and scholarships and develop envrionmental education programmes in local schools. As part of this programme, around 2500 trees are planted each year. 

 

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