At Mercado Global, we believe in a holistic approach to poverty alleviation.
Our Community-Based Education program provides trainings and workshops in local languages.
This continued learning, paired with income-earning opportunities, enables women to become confident leaders, in charge of family health, finances, and education.
Women expand their knowledge in four key areas:
The women we partner with are incredibly talented weavers and sewers, whose main barrier between a life of poverty and unlimited possibilities is access to a market.
We design collections for international retailers while using traditional local weaving techniques, providing:
Our asset development program pairs microloans with education and incentives to encourage savings.
Artisans receive low-interest microloans to purchase a sewing machine or loom, only making loan payments when they have orders through Mercado Global.
Through financial literacy classes, women are taught the value of long-term financial planning and receive incentives for deposits made in a personal savings account.
With Mercado Global’s holistic approach, women are breaking the cycle of extreme poverty and becoming entrepreneurs in their own right.
99% of MG artisans’ children are enrolled in school.
35% of children are enrolled in school in Guatemala’s rural areas.
64% of MG artisans have a personal bank account.
Only 27% of the indigenous population have bank accounts.
73% of MG artisans have access to the food and nutrition they need.
Only 45% of Guatemala's indigenous rural population has access to proper nutrition.
84% of MG artisans are in a leadership position despite the inequality faced in a male-dominated society.
Guatemala has the fourth highest rate of gender-motivated violence in the world.