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Social Enterprises

We work with community groups to support their initiatives regarding local income generation –we promote the creation of social enterprises and integrate them into the formal production sector. Since 2007 FHMM is a member of the WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization) –certifying compliance with fair trade standards, and ensuring our products are produced under fair labor conditions


We support entrepreneurs in:

  • Building personal skills. We provide them with support to improve self-esteem and promote personal development. We hold literacy workshops and math, computer, administration, and English classes. Plus, we help them strengthen their organizational capacities to better manage their companies.
  • Provision of infrastructure, tools and equipment
  • Design and product development.
  • Trade and marketing topics.
  • Products: By promoting Mayan artisanal workshops we recover traditional techniques and materials; working alongside designers we create products of highest quality with contemporary design. We help the artisans to form and strengthen social enterprises –we monitor production processes and management and we set standards regarding quality and design.

    We support artisans’ training. Mayan women from different communities are following our model, having the opportunity to generate incomes by working within their community. All together they form the Taller Maya brand.

    We recovered different handicraft techniques from the Yucatán Peninsula: sisal (treadle loom), corchado (spinning sisal manually on one leg), back strap loom, hand and machine embroidery, horn and stone carving, Guatemalan loom, hammock weaving, sansiviera shredding, palm, silver filigree, work with seeds, candles, and soaps.

    We have five lines: fashion, home, jewelry, kids and spa. Plus, we have also special collections.

    • Results:
      • We have trained more than 500 artisans, 154 are currently benefiting from our model. They are organized into 31 artisanal workshops in 16 communities, forming 13 groups in total
      • 179 self-employment positions have been generated. These self-employed people now form 36 groups
      • There are 36 groups organized in seven artisanal cooperatives.
      • The artisanal program has generated sales worth MXN $14.5 million since 2005
  • Food: We created the Traspatio Maya brand by preparing gourmet food; we promote new local economic alternatives while preserving the biodiversity of the Yucatán Peninsula.


  • Sea Salt: A group of 12 women, whom we trained in the process of salt cleaning and packaging, initiated the production of gourmet salt. Additionally, we worked with local collectors from different communities on new techniques for harvesting fleur de sel, pink salt, salt foam, and salt pyramids. We created a line of seasonings: salt with achiote, and salt with habanero pepper. With this work we generated new value chains and promoted inclusive businesses.

    Monofloral Honey: We work with local beekeepers to obtain artisanal honey. Currently, we harvest Melipona Honey, Tajonal flower Honey, and Tsisilché flower Honey.

    • Results:
      • We trained 13 women in sea salt packaging processes.
      • 11 self-employments and 1 organized group that has billed more than MXN$ 3 million since 2011.
  • Services

  • SPA: based on the traditional knowledge of the Mayan sobadoras (massagers), we started in 2004 the formal training of spa therapists by creating 5 spas in The Haciendas and forming a service cooperative, which is formally incorporated and –after 5 years of FHMM support, it is 100% self-managed.

    • Results:
      • 80 people were trained in massage and spa techniques.
      • 14 self-employments for women who lead a 100% self-managed business.

    Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal: created in 2007 as a cultural center and training space, CCAI is also the first job opportunity for young Izamal people. It has five business units: Museum of Great Artists of Contemporary Art and sisal-producing haciendas, Taller Maya handicraft store, coffee shop, Spa and bike rental. In 2009, we promoted and funded INAH's participation in restoring the Kabul Pyramid located within the center, with the vision to strengthen the cultural heritage of the CCAI.

    • Results:
      • 29 self-employment positions generated in order to operate five business units of the cultural center.


Artisanal Workshops (FHMM) SPA Therapists (FHMM) ADO collaboration Habanero pepper (FHMM)Designer Waris in the WorkshopsWaris & company in the Workshops