Our current startups:
While education is the stepping stone, enterprise is where workers at Hearts in Action can put their gifts to use. There is a clear argument for enterprise to have a strong presence in the curriculum of all schools and colleges. By combining enterprise with education, our curriculum enhances entrepreneurial skills that employers seek and allows community members to create their own definition of success.
We want our microenterprises to flourish, giving back to the Peten in powerful ways and bringing local change. We hope to create local artisan and farmers markets for communities to sell their products to each other and the world, help create more enterprises that boost tourism and host workshops to leverage the creative knowledge that has been largely untapped for many years. We aim to inspire all community members to use their unique skill sets to foster an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and collaboration that will make the Peten region a hub of innovation.
Itza Wood is social venture working in the heart of the Guatemalan jungle to handcraft quality furnishings and woodwares out of sustainable and locally sourced wood.
With the mission of giving back to the Peten community that surrounds it, Itza Wood focuses on creating ethically sourced and responsibly harvested wood furnishings by employing local artisans who leverage their historic knowledge to produce one of a kind gems. Each product is not only a unique work of art but is also an expression of the Guatemalan jungle and a testament to the beauty and biodiversity of this region.
To date, Itza Wood has employed 9 full time employees and provides an additional 25 families with part time work. 45,000 trees have been planted, and through purchasing FSC certified wood Itza Wood is ensuring sustainable logging. Itza Wood is selling in both Guatemalan and retail locations in the United States with the intent of scaling even more in 2019.
Bees are the life force of our planet and the pollinators that help plants grow, breed and produce food, from almonds and vanilla and apples to squashes. Bees also pollinate around 80% of wildflowers, so our jungle would be far less interesting and beautiful without them. However, bee populations are declining due to habitat loss and the effects of climate change. Hearts in Action recognizes the importance of bees to nature and to our lives, so we are creating a beekeepers collective to help our bees not only survive, but thrive! Coming in 2019.