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In Profile

Meet the Artisans

This season, we’re proud to carry accessories from Mercado Global, an accessories brand and non-profit that empowers rural Latin American women to become entrepreneurs through savings and loan support, education and market access. Below, we get to know some of the artisans who make it all possible.

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A Closer Look

We interviewed a few of Mercado Global’s network of female entrepreneurs. Get to know them better below.

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Lidia Garcia

Born in: Patanatic, Guatemala

With Mercado Global for: 10 Years

 

Que tipo de musica te gusta?

Salsa!

 

What’s your favorite type of music?

Salsa!

 

Que cosas te gusta hacer fuera de tu trabajo?

Correr.

 

What do you like to do outside of work?

Running.

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Marta Julia Cojtin Coroxon

Born in: San Jorge La Laguna, Guatemala

With Mercado Global for: 7 Years

 

Que valoras de las tradiciones textiles de Guatemala?

Porque es hecho a mano.

 

What do you love about Guatemalan weaving?

That it’s made by hand.

 

Cual es la pieza favorite que has creado en tu vida?

Traje de fantasia para mi hija.

 

What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever created?

A fantasy costume for my daughter.

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Laysa Yojana Perez Samines

Born in: San Jorge La Laguna, Guatemala

With Mercado Global for: 8 Years

 

Cual es la pieza favorite que has creado para Mercado Global?

Los pompones.

 

What’s your favorite piece you’ve created with Mercado Global?

The pom-poms.

 

Como empezaron a trabajar para Mercado Global?

Con mostasia.

 

How did you start working with Mercado Global?

I began with beadwork.

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Maria Magdalena Cox Menchu

Born in: Canton San Ramon, San Cristobal, Totonicapan

Weaving for: 10 Months

 

Que valoras de las tradiciones textiles de Guatemala?

Ha aprendido diferentes tecnicas, diseños que nunca los habia visto.

 

Have you learned anything along the way?

I have learned a lot of different techniques, designs that I had never seen before.

 

Que tipo de musica te gusta?

Merengue!

 

What’s your favorite type of music?

Merengue!

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Norma Elizabeth Acetun Pocop

Born in: Aldea San Jorge La Laguna, Guatemala

With Mercado Global for: 12 Years

 

Que valoras de poder trabajar con Mercado Global?

Mucho, porque nos don el material y nos pagan mas de nos puedan pagas otros.

 

What do you like about working with Mercado Global?

I value Mercado Global a lot. They pay for materials and pay more than we would receive elsewhere.

 

Cuantos años llevan trabajando como artesanas?

12 años.

 

How long have you been working as an artisan?

For 12 years.

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