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The construction of our Community Center in San Juan Cotzal
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Cooperativa Tejidos Cotzal

The Progress of our Community Center

Those of you who have been visiting the Cooperative before, were likely to have a chance to visit the Community Center as well. We started building the foundations 5 years ago, and a lot of effort and time has gone into the building. It is located at the main road at the entrance of San Juan Cotzal, and is meant to function as a weaving school, tourist center, restaurant, and accommodation. A place, where we can retain, demonstrate and share our tradition with the public and amongst the women. Unfortunately, we are lacking the funds to complete the Center.

Connection to the drainage

The center does not have a proper bathroom, but it would be essential to function as a tourist center and to complete the rooms for the restaurant and the accommodation. The problem is that the center does not have connection to the drainage. To connect the drainage from our center to the deposit, we would have to cut the road, lay pipes and concrete afterwards. This is a major project as there is a lot of costs involved for material, transport and labour. The cost we have been quoted is 25.000 Quetzal (3.265 USD) and we are unable to face these costs on our own.

A new terrace above the kitchen

The kitchen of the community center has been completed, and we have already been using it for many of our ceremonies and events. Our concern is the roof, which only consists of an aluminum panel at the moment. It is starting to get rusty and water is coming in from the sides. To solve this problem we are planning to remove the roof and build a solid terrace on top. The terrace will be serving as a space for a weaving school for the daughters of the women and for running weaving workshops for visitors. To prevent any further water damage we would have to act as soon as possible.

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