Sharing the Dream in Guatemala

(+502) 7762-2764

As a fair trade organization, Sharing the Dream works with more than 20 groups of artisans around Guatemala, helping them to improve and sell their products. We operate an Elder Center in Santiago, where we provide meals, medical care, and care to more than 60 Maya elders. We also provide scholarships to a small group of promising students who must attend tutoring sessions, complete volunteer hours, and participate in reading activities in exchange for their scholarship. We also support a health promoter in the Rio Dulce area and support local schools by supplying books and school supplies.

Women, Girls, Boys, Elderly
Education, Human Rights, Entrepreneurship/Business, Art and culture, Development/Community infrastructure, Leadership/Capacitation, Volunteer/Sustainable travel
Sololá (Santiago Atitlan, Panajachel, San Lucas Toliman), Chiquimula (San Jacinto), Petén (Flores), Quiché (Chichicastenango), Alta Verapaz (Tamahu)

Organizational contacts & locations

Lauren Vaske
Executive Director
(+1) 605 624-6895
Esteban Sapalu
Programs and Operations Director
(+502) 4211-7590
Isabel Quisquina
Artisan Development Coordinator
(+502) 7762-2764
Juan Cali/
Coordinator of the Elderly Center and Mostacilla Project
(+502) 7721-7096
3ra Avenida 0-42, Avenida de los Arboles, 
Zona 2

Mission, vision & values


Friends of Sharing the Dream in Guatemala is a volunteer-based fair trade organization that works to reduce poverty in Guatemala through collaborative partnerships with Guatemalans. The partnership includes projects in communities in which we have artisans.


Promote sustainable fair trade and weave a tapestry of opportunity in Guatemala.

We value fair treatment, honesty, change through education, family sustainability, fair trade.

Products, services, and programs


We offer wholesale artisan wares inclulding beaded jewelry, baskets, scarves, table linens, bags and purses.


Our services include

  • Learning trips to Guatemala
  • Day trips to the Elder Center in Santiago Atitlan
  • We operate a small inn in Santiago Atitlan. The proceeds support the tutoring center.
  • Weaving classes
  • Beading classes

Our programs include

  • Artisan Development Program: We provide workshops to our partner artisans to help them to improve their products, find new clients, and ultimately be self-sustainable. We also purchase products from the artisans, which are sold in our two brick and mortar stores and our online store in the US.
  • Elder Center: A place of love and hope for 60+ Maya elders. As part of the program, the elders receive three hot, nutritious meals a week, access to medical care in their own language, and much needed social interaction and extra care.
  • Scholarship program: We provide scholarships to a small group of promising students. As part of their scholarship, students must attend tutoring sessions, participate in reading activities, and complete volunteer hours.
  • Casa de Suenos: Sharing the Dream operates a small guest house that supports the tutoring for the scholarship students.
  • Bead Project: As a way to create sustainability for the Elder Center, Sharing the Dream operates a bead project. The bead project provides stable employment and fair wages to the artisans, and all of the profits support the Elder Center's operations.
  • Health Promoter: We provide the salary for a health promoter in the Rio Dulce area. The health promoter provides medical care to all 200+ children at the school she directly serves, and all of the surrounding communities in the area.
  • Schools: We support two schools outside of Santiago Atitlan by providing school supplies, books for the classrooms, and assisting with school construction.