Balejimajawi is an artisanal craft group in Laguna San Ignacio, formed by five women from fishing families that support their families' economy through their sales.
Balejimajawi began its journey 14 years ago with a painting workshop conducted by a volunteer in their community.
At that time, they worked long hours at the sustainable oyster farm in Laguna San Ignacio but needed to earn more money.
One of the women who participated in the workshop realized they could make much more money with artisan crafts in less time (and physical demands). This motivated her to continue applying the skills she acquired, which inspired other women to join her in collaboration.
In time, these women started selling their handmade crafts to tourists and soon noticed a significant surge in sales during whale watching season. This positive response served as a motivating factor for them to persist in their artistic endeavors.
As time passed, they expanded their sales efforts to other communities, which led to the formal establishment of Balejimajawi.
This step marked their commitment to consolidating their presence and identity as a collective enterprise.
Through their sales, the artisans' main objective is to support their children's studies, improve the family economy, and reduce dependence on fishing as the main income source.
The Mares Comunidad team has supported the artisan women of Balejimajawi through various means:
The Mares Comunidad team remains committed to supporting the artisan women of Balejimajawi on their journey toward success. We will continue collaborating closely with them, providing guidance, resources, and expertise to maximize their impact and ensure long-term sustainability.