Ingrid, who has been working with the Konojel Restaurant in San Marcos, stepped into the role of Executive Director in August, 2018. She and Andrew have been working together for several months to ensure a smooth transition and an uninterrupted experience for the population served by Konojel. We are excited to welcome Ingrid and are confident that she will bring her professional experience and her heart for the community to bear on the challenges faced by the role of Executive Director, on the ground in San Marcos.
Ingrid Paredes, born and raised in Guatemala, is a passionate professional with a background of almost 9 years working in the field of development projects with many communities of Sololá and El Quiché areas of Guatemala. She has a degree in chemical engineering from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala and developed this profession for six years after graduating. In 2007, she decided to change her professional path and dedicate her work to rural development; since then, she has worked for many projects in the areas of education, food sovereignty, environmental sanitation, productive processes and cooperatives. These experience have given her great satisfaction and trajectory working in cross cultural environments.
She strongly believes in giving opportunities to local women as an important step in closing the bridge of inequity and discrimination in our society. Also for her, education with principles for the early childhood is the first step to make lasting changes in society. That’s why she identifies with Konojel’s vision for the enrichment and the job training programs.
As Executive Director, Ingrid is responsible for the day-to-day running of all the initiatives currently underway. This includes not only the daily lunch program, but additionally the Enrichment Program; the new restaurant; community gardens; supporting the solar women’s cooperative that operates out of Konojel’s facility using their solar dehydrator and solar oven; coordinating with volunteers and national and international schools and universities. Perhaps most importantly, Ingrid coordinates outreach and interaction with the at-risk beneficiaries and employees that participate in Konojel’s various programs. Ingrid is the bridge between the indigenous and non-indigenous communities in San Marcos La Laguna, as her job requires her to know the name and often tumultuous personal story of all members of the Konojel family.
Ingrid is also an YTT200 certified yoga teacher who has shared her practice in many towns around Lake Atitlán, as with the local team of women in Konojel