Hammock Boutique is a socially responsible organization committed to the sustainable development of indigenous Mayans in Mexico.
Hammock Boutique is not just a hammock company; we are an instrument of change in our home region looking at transforming the lives of the weavers and to provide opportunities for their children.
Hammock Boutique is not just a hammock company; they are an instrument of change in their home region looking at transforming the lives of the weavers and to provide opportunities for their children.
Generating employment in a region that historically has been marginalized creates a ripple effect of economic stimulus for the community. In 2013, Hammock Boutique launched Fundacion Cielo to expand their local impact. Fundacion Cielo is funded by a percentage of the profits of Hammock Boutique and is designed to end the inter-generational poverty cycle in the Mayan communities of the Yucatan. In the summer of 2014, with the help of 4 interns, they launched pilot programs in Heath and Education. Hammock Boutique worked with elected officials in the region to design programs for all the members of the communities. They launched a mentorship program to encourage higher education in teenagers, and ran programs especially for children on math, creative writing, English, nutrition, etc. They organized a health week, where adult check-ups were performed, and increased the memberships to the rural health insurance government program.
Hammock Boutique is a for-profit business that employs Mayan hammock weavers in the Yucatan area. The business operates as cooperative, whereby the weavers are provided with the raw material to hand-weave each one of the hammocks from the comfort of their homes. Almost all of the weavers employed are extremely poor, illiterate and marginalized people living in Mayan villages in the Yucatan. Although Hammock Boutique was providing a stable income for their employees which they would otherwise never have access to, they wanted to do more. Thus in the summer of 2014, we launched Fundación Cielo (Cielo Foundation).