I will never forget the image of young girls collecting the contaminated water
to drink, to cook, to clean.
We Do It Because It’s In Our Blood
Did you know that your blood is 92% water?
Many have called Lake Atitlan the 8th wonder of the world.
Aldous Huxley (author of Brave New World), Antoine de Saint-Exupery（author of Little Prince), actress Ingrid Bergman & poet Pablo Neruda all lived and created works of art at the lake.
For my family, the lake holds special significance.
It is where I was baptized and where my grandfather Colonel Arthur Kennedy II lived for many years.
It’s where my family celebrated and continues to celebrate countless birthdays and holidays.
It’s where most of our happiest memories are made!
We Provide For The Next Generation
Until that point, I had always taken clean drinking water for granted.
It was then I learned that diseases from unsafe water kill more people each year than any form of violence, including war.
That 2 out of 3 children in Guatemala will go to bed hungry each night. That many Guatemalan children are unable to attend school because they must walk miles each day in order to collect drinking water for their families.
It had been my dream since childhood to do something to give back to Guatemala. I knew that I had to act.
We Make Things
Shoes, mostly. Change, definitely.
All of our bags, jewelry, and huarache sandals are handmade by more than 800 female artisans from communities across Guatemala.
Each product is carefully crafted to capture the beauty, tradition & magic of the Lake Atitlan region.
When you step into a pair of our huarache sandals,
you are stepping into so much more than a shoe.
You are stepping into a future of hope, love, and prosperity for Guatemala!
We Give Back
We donate 15% of our profits from every purchase to Puente,
which is Spanish for “Bridge”.
Puente was founded by the former First Lady of Guatemala Wendy Berger (our hero)
who works throughout Guatemala to reduce extreme poverty & malnutrition.
They educate indigenous women who are
members of the most marginalized populations in the world.
The women are enrolled in 18 months of weekly classes where they are taught everything from nutrition to hygiene to childcare.
They are encouraged to start a business of their choice through entrepreneurial training & financial assistance.
Upon graduation, they are gifted with a water filtration system.
The women save 10% of filter to promote pride and sense of ownership!
We don't believe in free handouts and neither does Puente.
Puente continues the cycle of female empowerment & economical growth!
We Empower Women
Our mission is to empower women through education, commerce, and production.
We choose to invest in women, because we know that investing in women is the most effective way to invest in a community.
According to the WHO,
women invest 90% of earned income into their communities vs. 30% for men.
These women spend their money on nutrition, medicine, and housing – using the knowledge and money they have earned to give their children a better life.
With safe and convenient access to water, children no longer have to walk hours each day to retrieve water for their families, and can return to school instead.
Education and commerce are the most effective ways to break the cycle of poverty.
By investing in women, we hope to invest in a new generation and a bright future for Guatemala.