Artisans of Panyebar
Handcrafted seed bead decor accents in Central America
"With God's help, we pray this project will prosper. We're all excited! I've always believed in the angels that God places in our path."The Artisans of Panyebar are a group of women artisans from a small Guatemalan village in San Juan la Laguna. The project began some years ago when one of the members was looking for work. Dominga, one of our founders, went to Panajachel where she met a friend. "It was a miracle," she says. He had just had the idea of working with seed beads, which Dominga had learned when she was a girl.
"He gave me a sample of a globe covered with beads but I was worried about how I could make an exact copy. I practiced and practiced until I was able to. I remember that I cried with excitement because, with this, I could teach the craft to other women. I was able to teach several mothers in the village.
"Two months after I received the sample, I delivered the order. I felt so excited! My friend checked every piece and most were approved. But a few were rejected. That brought me down but I made up my mind to improve our work until it was perfect.
"This was the beginning of the millions of blessings that came later. Some people from the US came to our village and they were the key to launch our grand project. We offered them our beadwork crafts and now they come every year to buy our designs in large quantities.
"We are very grateful to the people who connected us with Novica. With God's help, we pray this project will prosper. We're all excited! I've always believed in the angels that God places in our path."