OUR WORK

Mercado Global was launched in 2004 with a mission to transform the lives of Indigenous women, their families, and their communities. Through our not-for-profit model, we offer critical support and opportunities to Indigenous communities across Central America.

By weaving together monetary support, education, and access to the global market, we provide the vital tools for women to gain financial independence, offering the support needed for success on a personal level and as part of a whole.  

OUR WORK

Mercado Global was launched in 2004 with a mission to transform the lives of Indigenous women, their families, and their communities. Through our not-for-profit model, we offer critical support and opportunities to Indigenous communities across Central America.

By weaving together monetary support, education, and access to the global market, we provide the vital tools for women to gain financial independence, offering the support needed for success on a personal level and as part of a whole.  

Community-Based Education

Artisans enhance their leadership and business skills through training conducted in local Indigenous languages.

Market Access

Indigenous artisans highly skilled in ancient Mayan weaving techniques face very limited sales opportunities. We connect women to international sales opportunities with major retailers and provide technical training for women to improve their weaving and sewing skills.

Asset Development

We provide women with the tools they need, like sewing machines and back looms, to not only work on orders for international retailers with Mercado Global, but also to start their own local businesses.

OUR STORY

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Your donations and purchases have been transformational for the women and families we serve.

With your support, we now partner with nearly 1,000 Indigenous women, generating much needed income for their families and communities that will positively impact the region for generations to come.

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3X more likely to have their children enrolled in school

2X more likely to have the food their families need

3X more likely to have their own bank account

Our handbag and accessory collections are expertly crafted using traditional weaving techniques that play a crucial part in slowing down the fashion industry. With every purchase, you're supporting the preservation of ancient knowledge passed from generation to generation for centuries.