As our Guatemalan-based operations director, Lidia is an integral part of Mercado Global, ensuring that our mission to empower women is implemented as efficiently as possible! She has a huge responsibility and commitment towards each person in the organization, especially the artisans that we work with.

Hey Lidia!
Can you tell us a bit about your story with Mercado Global?

I started working here 13 years ago as a jewelry artisan. I loved the experience of creating beautiful things with my hands and upon seeing the finished product my heart would fill with joy! I was later entrusted with the task of coordinating the jewelry department which was a great opportunity for personal and professional growth. Now, as operations director I am responsible for ensuring that the entire mission of Mercado Global is effectively carried out.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Before working with us, most artisans never had the opportunity to go to school, so witnessing their happiness on the day of their graduation makes me so proud to do what I do! !

What is your favorite part of the workday?

Apart from spending time with my colleagues, I enjoy witnessing the process of turning raw material into beautiful pieces with the hands and effort of empowered and confident women!

What’s your favourite product and why?

Probably the Hermelinda Macramé Bag, as the hands of so many artisans are involved in its creation. I also love the El Paredón Angela Tote too as it’s bright colors are reminiscent of the vibrancy that we love here in Guatemala!

Lidia with her namesake bag!

How do you like to spend your weekends?

I love doing a variety of things! I enjoy embroidery and making outfits for myself and my family. I also love to crochet, to cook, to go hiking in the mountains and to watch the sunrise and sunset.

If you had to describe yourself in one sentence,
what would it be?

I love challenges, I own them, and
I don't give up easily, I never stop learning.