Description: In Toj Coman, in the highlands surrounding the city of Quetzaltenango, ten women from the Mam ethnic group (indigenous descendants of the Maya, who ruled the Guatemalan plateau before the Spanish conquest) joined together in 2008 in the informal Las Marias group. Previously their family finances had been entirely managed by the men, while the women took care of the home and the children. Today each founding member of Las Marias cultivates a corda (a local unit of measurement equal to around half a hectare), producing carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, turnips and coriander. They sell their produce together at the markets in nearby San Martín Sacatepéquez. The producers from the group meet regularly to discuss good practices for organic cultivation (in collaboration with other local institutions) and community development issues like women's right to work.
Info provided by Slow Food Int. Baluarte initiative.