AUDA (Artisans United for the development of Lake Atitlán) is a community-based association dedicated to the economic and social empowerment of traditionally marginalized groups, particularly indigenous women and children in the Lake Atitlán region.
AUDA was founded in August of 2003 by Freida Whiddon Cox and her husband, Radford R. “Bobby” Cox, of Houston, Texas. The Cox´s have two grown children and four grandchildren that live in Texas, Tennessee and Iowa. Before moving to Guatemala, Freida and Bobby became interested in missions by hosting 8 foreign Bible students in their home for a year at the time. For more than a decade, they have been involved in foreign missions in the Guatemalan highlands.
Our goal in Guatemala is to help disadvantaged women and children achieve economic and social independence.
AUDA works directly with local cooperatives and small businesses. This partnership enables them to increase their domestic sales and tap into international markets. The workers in these cooperatives earn a fair-living wage from their product. Profits from the international sales are reinvested into a community investment fund. The fund is managed by one representative from the cooperatives and the Board of Directors of AUDA.
*(The activitiy at this site is suspended until further notice.)
(Source: quoted, in parts, directly from the website www.audaguatemala.org)