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Our Programs

Income alone can't solve long-term problems. Our model is unique in matching wage-earning opportunities with business education and leadership training so that our partner artisans can address systemic problems and change their communities for good.

Rural Women Entrepreneurs Education Program

Through our pioneering Rural Women Entrepreneurs Education Program, we provide training modules that help women gain the skills to become business owners. Covering topics like managing cash flow, calculating cost and pricing, legalizing a cooperative, and filing taxes, this program provides a comprehensive background in starting and running community businesses.

Many of our partner artisans never went to school, and most do not read or write. While they may be experts at their craft, many are new to business ownership. Our on-staff trainer – herself an indigenous woman – leads interactive group education sessions that make content accessible and fun.

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Power to Change: Women's Empowerment Program

Indigenous women in Guatemala face strict barriers to owning community businesses, from speaking non-Spanish dialects to suffering sexual and ethnic discrimination. Our Women’s Empowerment Program helps artisans recognize themselves as leaders so they can succeed in their businesses and maximize their impact in their communities.

Training sessions focus on conflict resolution, goal-setting, self-esteem, and team-building. “The training programs from Mercado Global,” says Ana Raxtuin, a mother from the Chuacruz cooperative, “have helped me be more secure about myself and has taught me new ways to cope in life. I feel self-sufficient.”

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Economic Empowerment Program

The core success of our model is connecting women artisans with international markets to ensure that they earn fair and sustainable incomes. To help achieve this, we provide not only sales relationships and business education, but also assistance developing savings and accessing credit.

We provide donor-funded microloans so artisans can purchase equipment that allows them work more efficiently and earn a higher income. When the loans are paid back, they are recycled to open the loan opportunity to another artisan. This revolving loan fund structure means that a gift will continue helping artisans overcome poverty, long after its original use.

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