Mercado Stories

July Update: Mercado Global’s Nutrition Initiatives   Our Community-Based Education Training Facilitators have been working hard with our artisans to revamp their favorite recipes and include healthier ingredients and food...

Meet Rosario Matzar

Rosario Matzar, from the highland community of San Andres, has been working with Mercado Global for ten years. Using her skills to work on orders with retailers like Stitch Fix...

Maria Elena Par

Maria Elena ParAge: 33 years old1 daughter: Irla (7 years old) “I started working with Mercado Global 7 years ago, and am one of the original founding artisans. I met Ruth...

Glendi Patricia Martin Tol

On a warm April afternoon, I had the pleasure of meeting Glendi Patricia Martin Tol, one of fifteen Mercado Global artisans working in the Artesanas Mayas cooperative in San Andres....

Women’s Health Education: A Right, Not a Privilege

For Maya Guatemalan women living in the highlands of Santa Cruz La Laguna, education on reproductive health and rights can be an invaluable, yet difficult to access, resource. A steep...

Felipa's Story

  Nothing brings a smile to Felipa de Jesus Lopez Estrada’s face quite like the topic of her daughters, Gabriela and Victoria. Though she may have just finished discussing her...

Moving Women Forward

Worldwide, women are struggling to obtain equal rights and access to basic health services. As we approach International Women’s Day this year, we are presented with an opportunity to reflect...

One of the first artisans to partner with Mercado Global, Julia Par Yaxon began working with Executive Director Ruth DeGolia when she was 18 years old, and she still has...

Gloria’s Story

Fresh carrots and fruit licuados, or smoothies, are essential ingredients in the home of artisan Gloria Liliana Elizabeth Xiquin Sosa of Mercado Global’s Santa Maria cooperative. For Gloria and her...

Cristobalina Colaj Mux tried to calm her nerves as her sister introduced her to several women. She looked carefully at the faces of these women, who together would soon form...