Bundle and SAVE!These bracelets hail from the colorful villages surrounding beautiful Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. Woven on mini foot looms, these bracelets are inspired by the woven hair ribbons Guatemalan women use in their hair wraps. Each cotton bracelet’s color symbolizes the unique cultural attributes of its artisan’s home village in the Lake Atitlán region.
Access to opportunities and support along the way have allowed Mercado artisans to invest (on average) 90% of their wages back into their families: these women are more likely to send their daughters to school, to have improved health, and to become catalysts for positive change within their communities.
As if this look-good-feel-good collection wasn’t already complete, we’re including a traditional worry doll with each bracelet purchase. Whisper your deepest concerns to these “Muñecas Quitapenas” before placing them under your pillow; legend has it that they’ll spirit away your worries while you slumber.
Since 2018, Love Is Project has been partnered with Mercado Global to bring gorgeous Atitlán bracelets from Guatemala to wrists all over the world. The artisans earn three times the daily wage of the average Guatemalan. Thanks to classes teaching women about combating malnutrition, food security for new artisans has tripled within two years of joining the program. 75% of artisans have reported an increased income, and all of them have bank accounts— compared to just 27% of the indigenous population. With the encouragement of Love Is Project and Mercado Global, Guatemalan women have flourished and improved the wellbeing of themselves and their communities!
Three years ago, three sisters, Carolina, Claudia and Wendy began working with Love Is Project weaving LOVE bracelets. They were able to build an extra floor in their home from their earnings to accommodate their mother.
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