Meet Our Makers—Guatemala
Our 3 partnerships in this country total 22 makers, mostly women who work in their homes. Guatemalan families are a close unit with many generations living under the same roof. Although schooling is free, 1 out of every 5 children do not complete primary grades and instead work to help their family income. By paying our partners a living wage, our makers are not reliant on children to work in order to contribute to the family’s finances.
Their traditional handcrafted items are often brightly colored and are typically made from cotton, wool, silk, metal, clay, or stone. Our makers take great pride in their work which is often made in their homes by multiple generations of the same family. When their crafts are passed down between generations, your accessories can often be hundreds of years in the making to perfection.
FAVORITE MATERIALS TO CRAFT WITH
Natural stone that is carved and polished to a beautiful finish.
Bright traditional fabrics (like huipil) with colorful designs.
Hand-dyed string and natural fibers to create intricately unique pieces.