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Simiatug, ecotourism, fairtradeIn the mountains north of Bolivar, the small town of Simiatug is gaining international attention for producing striking textiles.

The products are the work of Simiatug Samai, a small company launched in 2000 with an initial outlay of just US$600. Built on the aim of increasing the participation of women in the economic development of the region, the company coordinates groups of women to produce unique textiles and market them internationally via the worldwide web. By 2006 Simiatug Samai had engaged over 400 women and generated US$28,788 profit.

Today Simiatug Samai is equipped with eight industrial machines and produces 300 articles per month for sale in fairs and via catalogue.

Workers produce traditional style textiles unique to the region.They reportedly receive a fair price for the sale of their works while also being trained in machine embroidering. Company profits are distributed amongst partners and a percentage reinvested for the purchase of materials and machinery, and for training purposes.

Recognition for the weaving and embroideries produced in Simiatug is also supporting tourism in the region. A new hotel is being built to accommodate the increasing numbers of tourists visiting the town.

Today Simiatug Samai is equipped with eight industrial machines and produces 300 articles per month for sale in fairs and through via catalogue.

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