(left) Wakami was established in 2004 in Tzununa, Guatemala. At the time, Tzununa was the poorest Mayan community in Guatemala, recovering from floods and famine that had devastated the region. As a result of the poverty, children in the community couldn’t attend school because they had to work to support their families. The women in the community, many of whom were widows to those lost during the Mayan genocide and Guatemalan Civil War in the early 1980s, struggled to take care of their children who were not yet old enough to begin working. Through Wakami the women are empowered to run their own business, support their families and send their children to school. (right) Quilled holiday cards are made with finesse and careful attention to detail. These come from an organization called Quilling Card, which has two workshops based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and employs over 300 women. Quillers are provided a safe working environment, sustainable wages (20 to 25% above the national average), and health care.

Lynae Sowinski
Vice President, Board of Directors at Limestone Post
Lynae joined Limestone Post in the summer of 2015. She works with all contributors and manages the editorial content for the site.

A Bloomington native, Lynae graduated with honors from Indiana University’s School of Journalism in 2012 with a minor in sociology. She started her editing career at Bloom Magazine as a high school intern and, over the course of almost eight years, advanced to the position of associate editor. Among other duties, she managed the website, magbloom.com, which won Best Journalism Website in 2012 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.