Introducing Ingrid Paredes as Konojel’s New Executive Director


Introducing Ingrid Paredes

It is with deep gratitude for the long term commitment of Andrew Raphael and enthusiastic optimism for the future that we announce the acceptance of the role of Executive Director of Konojel by Ingrid Parades.

Andrew’s legacy of hard work, grassroots level efforts, and strong advocacy for the marginalized within the community of San Marcos la Laguna is shared, and will be carried on, by Ingrid Parades. Ingrid has been working with the Konojel Restaurant in San Marcos and is excited to step into the role of Executive Director in August. 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.

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