When you happen to stroll through the Impact Hub Munich or Berlin, you might run into Anne and Marlene. They’re the ones who just came back from South America or are on their way over there – again. We sat down with Anne in Berlin to find out more about the reason for their frequent travelling: their project Nata Y Limón.
Who is Nata Y Limón?
Nata Y Limón, that’s us: Marlene & Anne, that’s Munich and Berlin and that’s the many wonderful master weavers in Guatemala. We design handmade fabrics and lifestyle products together with indigenous artisans in the western highlands of Guatemala, where the old know how of textile weaving is still passed down from generation to generation.
We know each other from our Tourism Studies in 2005 and since then share the same motivation to work on something we care for. That is why we quit our jobs in 2015 to seek a life and work that is more purposeful . After working for different NGO’s and traveling Central America – the idea of Nata Y Limón was born. Also born out of the passion for beautiful textiles. Our handwoven fabrics do not only reflect a beautiful combination of timeless & traditional design. They reflect indigenous culture and carry the heart, soul and personal story of people behind them. In Nata Y Limón we found a project that gets us excited, passionate and fills us up with energy in the mornings.
How has IHB helped to found your project?
The Impact Hub Berlin & Munich have been inspiring places for the setup of Nata Y Limón from day 1. We appreciate the opportunity a lot and are more than thankful for being part of this encouraging network of social entrepreneurs!
What is your mission with Nata y Limon?
We believe in true beauty inside out! And part of that beauty is appreciating who makes a product and how they benefit. So, our mission is to create beautifully designed, handmade fabrics that are beneficial to everyone. The art of traditional weaving is especially done by indigenous women in rural areas, but they are the most socially marginalized people in Guatemala . We want to make weaving a regular income source for them. Reaching a long term improvement of their living situations through their traditional craft is what we are aiming for.
We work with 3 locally led cooperatives that work for the empowerment of indigenous communities. With partners like us they create economic opportunity through international market access. And as we want to leave the work where it is needed the most, we make sure that our fabrics are 100% made and sewn in Guatemala.
What are your plans for the future?
During the past 6 months we designed and developed 5 fabrics and a new home & lifestyle collection consisting of pillows, bags and blankets. We are very happy about the fusion of contemporary and traditional design and are now ready for our first production round. To fund all upcoming activities we are going to launch the collection through a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. With the campaign name ‘#morethanapillow’ we want to show that every pillow, every fabric, every product has more to it than what you see from the outside. On the 19. September ‘17 we will kick off our campaign. We have 30 days to reach our funding goal. You can support us, by pre-ordering one if our handmade products for yourself, as gift for someone special or if you forward the campaign link to your friends, family and colleagues. All products can be pre-ordered at a special crowdfunding price and most packages can only be offered in limited quantities. So be fast ;)!
Thank you Nata Y Limón!