Itza Wood

Handcrafted Wood Gifts from Guatemala

Itza Wood is a social enterprise with the goal of providing education, enterprise and conservation to the Petén region of Northern Guatemala through the sale of handcrafted wood wares. They have planted over 45,000 trees to combat deforestation in the area and only make product with wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

There are 8 woods -- teak, catalox, chechen, grandillo, jobillo, gesmo, pixi, ziricote -- that are used to craft Itza Wood pieces –- all unique to the Guatemalan jungle, made with great attention to detail and design. Itza Wood is firm in their commitment to ensure their tropical forest, known as the Mayan biosphere, remains standing for generations to come.

Every wood product sold helps support The Jungle School, an initiative that, for nearly 20 years, has brought education to kids from 9 different villages in the Petén jungle region.

Schoolboys from Itza Wood

On any school day, through the sun and heat, 400 happy voices can be heard. Girls and boys start in kindergarten and stay all the way through high school learning math, science, English and computer skills. The vast majority of students are the first in their families to complete school -- all being prepared to pursue opportunities in the global workforce.

At Peace by Piece, we are inspired by the commitment of the staff and wood workers at Itza Wood. Every day, they strive to build a brighter future for the youth of Northern Guatemala.

Photos via (top to bottom): Photo via Nicolo Pastrone; Photo via Itza Wood and The Jungle School; Photo via Nicolo Pastrone

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