In recognition of the rug hooking project’s innovation, artistic merit and success in bringing economic empowerment to women in rural communities we have been selected as finalists in the Aspen Institute’s Artisan Enterprise Multimedia Competition. The competition features compelling stories and visual content that capture the value and impact of artisan enterprises worldwide. The Alliance received more than 150 entries from artisans and artisans supporters in 42 countries; we’re thrilled to be among the 30 finalists.

Reyna and Cheryl, from Multicolores, will join the other finalists in Washington DC (September 9-11) for the launch of Artisan Enterprise: The New Startup Economy. The competition winner will be announced on September 10, in an event held at the U.S. State Department’s Global Women’s Issues Office.

We are proud to be part of a global campaign to promote the importance of the artisan sector and that the artistic achievements of the Maya Women’s Rug Hooking Cooperative have been recognized in this way. So please take a moment to follow our journey to Washington DC via our Facebook page, and cross your fingers and send us your positive energy on the 10th. We’ll be sure to announce the results there so you can join us in celebrating the outcome. Regardless of whether Multicolores is named the winner, we’re overjoyed to have the opportunity to participate in this wonderful endeavor.