Santa Catarina Palopó is one of the 19 municipalities of Sololá, Guatemala and it borders part of the Northeastern side of Lake Atitlan. It spans 8 square kilometers and is home to 6,000 inhabitants, most of whom identify as Maya Kakchikel and are under the age of 30.
Given that the population in the area has increased, the yield of traditional economic activities like agriculture and fishing is not enough; which means they are no longer a sustainable option for families. Today’s main economic activities are tourism, textile manufacturing, and the sale of artisan products. However due to the fact that there are few local businesses, scarce development opportunities, and a very small formal economy, most of the families to live in poverty or extreme poverty.