The Women’s Center was born of appreciation and respect for the role of the woman in Maya culture.
Many Maya women are often isolated in their household work. The Women’s Center offers a space where women take care of their tasks of the day collectively, sharing ideas, laughter, and tears.
The grounds of the Women’s Center are both aesthetically pleasing and practical, surrounded by a fruit orchard, vegetable gardens and medicinal plant and floral rock gardens. There are benches and paths throughout the grounds encouraging wandering meditation and an appreciation of the beauty of nature.
Francisca Ajcibinac Cocon, better known by many as ‘Guicha’ is the director of the Women’s Center. She is in charge of scheduling events and classes, in addition to teaching the cooking class. The Center offers classes in cooking, baking, weaving, and sewing.
Subsidized transportation is provided and there is a store for the women to sell their products. All money goes directly to the woman who made the product.
Francisca Ajcibinac Cocón (Güicha)
Director of the Women’s Center