AFEDES is an association of Indigenous women in Guatemala leading projects to enhance the autonomy and rights of Indigenous women including education and claiming intellectual property over Indigenous crafts and designs.
Mission and Purpose
Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez (AFEDES) is an Indigenous organization based in Guatemala. It was originally founded to improve the lives of Indigenous women in the area of Sacatepéquez through training programs and an affordable loans program.
Central to their work is the claiming of Indigenous heritage and identity, including traditional textiles and designs which have been appropriated. AFEDES call on the Guatemalan government to protect these as Indigenous intellectual property.