Creaciones Chonita was founded by Chonita Sojuel Mendosa, an indigenous woman who lost her husband in the violence of civil war and needed to find a way to support herself and her children. Located in a town on the coast of Lake Atitlan, today the family-run business employs about 100 widows and young women from 15 workshops to make beaded jewellery and crocheted hacky sacks. Through the years, she has taught essential beading skills while paying fair wages for labour. Creaciones Chonita uses its business profits to support a variety of community aid projects: monthly food baskets and basic living supplies are provided to 55 needy widows. It also supports 15 children with scholarships, runs a local school out of rented rooms and covers medical expenses.