Cesar Luciano

Cesar was born on January 9, 1980 in Lima, Peru. He first started working with stone in 2006 while he was in college. He became a school teacher, but after visiting a stone workshop and seeing the diversity of the colors of the stones, he became drawn to stone carving. At first he viewed stone carving as a hobby…

Don Reynaldo Valdivia Pineda

Favorite Food: Creole Childhood Aspiration: Being a Sailor Favorite Music: Romantic, Rock Favorite Pastime: Cycling Reynaldo was born in Huancavelica in 1959 and now lives in the Chaclacao province of Lima. The business is built up of himself, his three sons (Vanessa Valdivia Ángeles, Eric Valdivia Ángeles, and Yadira Valdivia Ángeles), and his son in…

Roberto Nuñez Mogollon

Born in: 1977 Education: Trained Musician Favorite Food: Pasta Favorite Music: Rock, Pop Products: Aluminum Jewelry and Sculptures Roberto is a trained musician who teaches music as a career but in his free time he is dedicated to his artisan craft. He learned how to make jewelry and a variety of things while working in…

Pacha Calera

Susana Chiza, Susana Fuerez, Virginia Guaman and Lisbeth Gualsaqui are the dynamic women of the Pacha Calera Handicraft Association in Otavalo, Ecuador. In order to send their children to school and still make ends meet, these ladies needed to supplement their husbands’ income. Working in fair trade has enabled them to meet the basic needs…

Mr. Ellie Pooh

Mr. Ellie Pooh was founded by Dr. Karl Wald and is based in New York with hardworking fair trade artisans in Sri Lanka. Mr. Ellie Pooh LLC is an eco-friendly fair trade company making exotic gifts and paper made partially out of elephant poo! Their paper products are 100% recycled. They are made of 50% fiber…

Motif

British designer Jackie Corlett, worked with Jharna from 1989 in a local Bangladeshi hand crafts organization. Together over 5 years as designer and pattern cutter, they worked with top European Alternative Trade Organizations designing and delivering new ranges of hand woven table linens, embroidered bags, tailored bath robes, slippers and many other accessories. After returning…

Maruja Merma Zela

Favorite food: Chicharron Favorite music: Romantic, folk Favorite dance: Dance of Puno, morenada. Favorite Pastime: Knitting and taking care of her children Maruja was born and lives in Puno with her husband and three children, two girls and one boy. The oldest ones are attending college. Maruja inherited her mother’s passion for knitting and likes…

Martha Constante

Martha was born in Ambato. She now lives with her husband, Jorge, and two daughters, Anita and Aleja, in a beautiful house designed by herself a little north of Otavalo. She says, “ I design sweaters, I design houses, I design my family – all of it!” Martha has a heart full of compassion for…

María Fabiola Muenala Moreta

Born: 1974 Home: Barrio San Vicente de Cotama, Otavalo, Ecuador Favorite Food: Soups Favorite Music: Folk Fabric weaving is a family affair for Fabiola and her husband Luis Enrique; They both learned the trade from their parents when they were children. Initially, they used their skills to make their own clothing but once they realized…

Joaquin & Anita De la Torre

Home: Otavalo, Imbabura Province, Ecuador Favorite Food: Berro (typical food) Favorite Music: Folk Favorite Pastime: Walking with his family Joaquin and his wife Anita have four sons: Edwin, Franco, Jordan, and Alan. He and his wife work in the development of wool children’s sweaters. They have impressive skills interpretting a simple sketch into a whole…

Gladys Males

Year of Birth: 1979 Home: Otavalo, Ecuador Gladys and her husband, Roberto, have two children together: Adela was born in 1998 and Mabel was born in 2001. Gladys works with her husband, her sister, her sister’s husband, and a few other employees from her workshop at home. She uses acrylic yarn and cotton fabrics to…

Félix Chumpitaz Socola

Born: 1961 Home: Republic of Perú Products: Ceramics Favorite Food: Ceviche Favorite Music: Varied Favorite Pastime: Painting Ceramics Félix learned his artisan trade from his father and hopes to pass on the tradition to all three of his daughters: Katherine (born 1992), Nataly (born 1993), and Nadia (born 1999), who are all eager to learn.…

Corazón de Jesús

“Corazón de Jesús” (Heart of Jesus) is a women’s group located in Yurak Uksh in the Andean Plateau. Yurak Uksh in Spanish means Paja Blanca or “white straw” and is a community located in the highest part of the mountain range of Chimborazo. The altitude is 13,615.5 feet above sea level. To live there is…

Aurelia Mamani

Favorite music: Cumbias Favorite dance: Huaynos Favorite Food: Grilled Cheese (not the US sandwich) Favorite Pastime: Knitting and spending time with her children Aurelia was born and raised in Juliaca where she continues to live. She learned to knit from her mother who had a family business but there were problems so she became independent.…

José Luis Cuíacal

José was born in 1970 in a city called Tulcan in the Imbabura province of Ecuador. H has four children: Joffre (1993), Evelyn (1997), Marlon (2001), and Mateo (2007). Currently only he and his wife, Rosa Montenegra, are producing for the business but in the past he’s had up to seven workers. Together they make…

Antonio Lema & Elsa Ruiz

Elsa is 41 years old, lives in Peguche, Otavalo, Imbabura, Ecuador. She and her husband Antonio have three daughters and one son: Kelly who is 13, Anthony who is 8, Ammy who is 8, and Emma who is 6 years old. Together the couple earn their living making chenille bags and purses. Their primary goals…

Daniel & Marlena Morales

Year of Birth: Daniel 1978, Marlena 1982 Home: Carabuela, Otavalo, Imbabura Province, Ecuador Started Working With Minga: 2012 Product: Children’s Sweaters Daniel and his wife Marlena were married in 1999 and have 3 daughters: Nina was born in 2002, Patricia was born in 2002, and Maoly was born in 2010. Daniel and his wife work…