For many impoverished Guatemalans limited by a lack of education and employment in their communities, beading, sewing and weaving crafts can be the key to providing for their families. Unfortunately, often times artisans are forced to work for a for central buyer who compensates them with a menial wage relative to their hours of skilled work. Moreover, payment schedules are inconsistent and sometimes artisans do not receive the full amount they are owed.
We believe that one of the most valuable things we can give to families is the opportunity for stable work and to be financially self-reliant. Through our Artisan Program, we purchase handcrafted beaded jewelry, handbags, houseware, accessories and more, directly from local Guatemalans at an ethically determined price and sell them both locally and internationally. The sales of fair-wage Guatemalan artisan handicrafts not only allows us to continue to run our various programs, it provides women and men with the chance at economic advancement, supports the local economy and provides each recipient with a beautiful piece of Guatemala.
Over the last couple of years, the program has expanded tremendously. Recently, we began collaborating with a US retailer to design an exclusive line of beaded products based on the prominent jewelry created by local women, reinvented to cater to fashionable boutiques throughout the US. Roughly 15 local women have been contracted to work on this line and are now able to take a step toward financial independence for themselves and their families.
Many of our supporters have also decided to sell various handicrafts on our behalf via local shows and shops, as well as online stores.
To learn more about how you can purchase these products, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the artisan products available or if you are interested in carrying Mayan Families artisan products in your store, we invite you to view our Artisan Product Catalog and Wholesale Policy.