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About Santa Catarina

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Santa Catarina Palopó is one of 19 municipalities making up the Western Department of Sololá, Guatemala, which surrounds what National Geographic magazine considers to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world: Lake Atitlán.  

With a Mayan population of approximately 5,000 inhabitants distributed in a small extension of land measuring 8 Km2 (0.75% of the Department of Sololá) and surrounded by the municipalities of Panajachel, San Antonio Palopó and San Adnrés Semetabaj, the primary economic activities of this municipality are based on turism and handcrafted products (mainly weavings made on back-strap looms) as well as the production, for self-consumption, of corn, beans, coffee and cattle raising.

 
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Population

Santa Catarina Palopó is one of 19 municipalities making up the Western Department of Sololá, Guatemala, which surrounds what National Geographic magazine considers to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world: Lake Atitlán.  

With a Mayan population of approximately 5,000 inhabitants distributed in a small extension of land measuring 8 Km2 (0.75% of the Department of Sololá) and surrounded by the municipalities of Panajachel, San Antonio Palopó and San Adnrés Semetabaj, the primary economic activities of this municipality are based on turism and handcrafted products (mainly weavings made on back-strap looms) as well as the production, for self-consumption, of corn, beans, coffee and cattle raising.

 
 
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Benefits of the project

 

Pintando Santa Catarina wants to transform the community and improve quality of life through paint and color. This Project exemplifies the possibility of:

 
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Tourism

Improving the offer of Atitlán as a tourist destination, creating a new attraction in the area.

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More possiblitities

More possibilities for employment and small-scale business development for the community.

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Quality of life

The possibility of counting on a new narrative regarding Guatemala’s destination, at international level.