Beyond the standard of carrying the certified fair trade label which insures ethical working conditions, fair wages, a supportive work atmosphere, preserved traditions and honored heritage, and an opportunity for every artisan to pursue their dreams,
your purchase of products from Peru support artisans who:
• have been prioritizing equity and economic opportunity for marginalized makers from the beginning of inception.
• are provided with a safe haven: especially women with disabilities or who have children with disabilities. These partners specialize in intricate bead work. The cooperative is housed in an extension of their leaders’, Maritza, home. This workshop is fondly referred to as the “little workshop, with a big heart.” Maritza taught herself how to make jewelry and now works with 11 other women who are able to work in this workshop or at home.
• live in the poorest large city in the world where most women earn less than 2$ per week. Their income far exceeds the typical woman's income with a fair wage 3x more than the minimum wage.