Cielo Hammocks is a socially responsible organization committed to the sustainable development of indigenous Mayans in Mexico.
Cielo Hammocks is not just a hammock company; we are an instrument of change in our home region looking at transforming the lives of the weavers and to provide opportunities for their children.
Cielo Hammocks is a for-profit business that employs Mayan hammock weavers in the Yucatan area. The business operates as cooperative, whereby the weavers are provided with the raw material to hand-weave each one of the hammocks from the comfort of their homes. Almost all of the weavers employed are extremely poor, illiterate and marginalized people living in Mayan villages in the Yucatan. Although Cielo Hammocks was providing a stable income for their employees which they would otherwise never have access to, they wanted to do more. Thus in the summer of 2014, we launched Fundación Cielo (Cielo Foundation).
Fundación Cielo is working to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty in Mayan communities in the Yucatán through an integrated system of socioeconomic development. We are introducing the SHE Network (Sustainable Holistic Empowerment Network) concept on Social Impact / Social Entrepreneurship. Our Sustainability comes from running a profitable hammock business. The Holistic component comes from the integrated approach of not limiting ourselves to provide just jobs but also act in other aspects to help improve their overall living conditions. Empowerment comes with the economic independence that results from being lifted out of poverty. The Network represents the institutions that make this impact possible as well as each family of weavers and their communities. Our foundation has a strong focus on education. We believe that education is the best way to create lasting change on the economic situation of a community.