Our Mission

San Juan Cooperative was founded by Dillon Oberholzer to foster and promote the local businesses, Mayan culture, education and general health in San Juan la Laguna along with surrounding towns on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. "SJC" has partnered with "BMS" to address the water quality issues causing fungal diseases affecting the health of the local people and agricultural production. 

This encompasses a broad spectrum "Bio Management Vision" that focuses on individual businesses and areas of local concern. This involves projects from agriculture, water management, housing and school development projects, education programs as well as commerce and trade promotion.


San Juan Cooperative is neither political nor a for profit endeavor. Our goal is to build relationships through achievements and partnership progress. 


Membership is open to all without restrictions or restraint with the common intentions and foresight for the betterment of the Mayan cultural future. Membership fees and out side donations are gratefully accepted without prejudice. 

Organic Sustainability

Through infusing modern critical thinking programs and technology with the ancient Mayan cultural  methodologies, we aim to aid the organic farming and production - manufacturing techniques of the surrounding Mayan towns, whilst preserving cultural integrity.

San Juan Cooperative  

works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries.

We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs, and wealth for their families and communities.



San Juan Cooperative programs are self funded through local entrepreneurship. 

The SJC programs main objectives are to support inclusive and sustainable economic growth and employment creation in San Juan la Laguna in line with the Municipal Government's objectives, notably to reduce the official unemployment rate from around 45% (2013) to 14% (2020).

To achieve this, the SJC program aims to improve the competitiveness of small, micro and medium enterprises (SMME's) and their ability to meet requirements of large multinational/local corporations, banking institutions, government, and state-owned entities, in order to compete on an international level.

San Juan Cooperative

Founded in 2016 as an Educational & Bio Management Cooperative, not-for-profit, SJC  provides  alternative promotion and sales space through

SJC aims to provide a venue in which artists, curators, and writers can develop, realize, and present ambitious projects and art work within a context that recognizes the social and cultural value of Mayan culture through artistic experimentation.

The mission of SAN JUAN COOPERATIVE is to serve artists through in-depth consideration, presentation, and the publishing of critical writing; and to introduce this work into public contexts through exhibitions, screenings, performances, and educational programs.

Our mission builds upon alternative space methodologies, particularly with a commitment to inter-disciplinary, inter-generational exhibitions, and an insistence upon placing together, in one space, work from various mediums — thus encouraging the coexistence of visual and tactile arts.

The programming priorities of reflect the premise that artists produce significant work through a deep relationship with SJC whose focus is its committed collaboration with them.

By encouraging experimentation and expression, exposure to new manufacturing and production processes and project-based exhibitions for artists at many different stages of their careers, the San Juan Cooperative also strives to address the changing context of alternative arts, whilst responding responsibly to the future of the diverse practices of Mayan cultural artists.



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