La Red was founded in 2006 to assist Mexican women displaced from factory jobs in the USA. A majority of La Red artisans live in rural, impoverished communities where they lack access to employment, education, health care and other basic services. La Red supports these women artisans by providing skills training and product design and marketing.
Alivicha Peru Alivicha Peru provides artisan jobs to women in Peru’s rural areas while providing the Alivicha community of hand-knitters access to training in reproductive, political, and economic rights. The organization gives Peruvian women an opportunity to leave the domestic sphere and “build a relationship with the world,” so that they can realize their full potential and exercise their rights as women.
Mayan Hands aims to empower and improve the quality of life for Mayan women artisans and their families while contributing to the preservation of traditional knowledge, art and culture in Guatemala. Mayan Hands creates opportunities for women to continue the 3000-year-old tradition of back-strap loom weaving.
Naguska is a family-run organization that employs women knitters from the Peruvian highlands. Naguska prides itself on providing consistent work to hundreds of artisans while offering them the opportunity to supplement their family income from farming by creating hand-knit accessories from locally sourced materials, such as cotton and alpaca wool.
Pixan is a community-based nonprofit organization that empowers the most isolated and marginalized women from the Highlands of Guatemala. Using the traditional back strap loom, pedal loom, and natural dyes made from bark and flowers, women artisan produce beautiful, contemporary designs.
Based in Peru, Royal Knit creates hand knit accessories from alpaca and other natural fibers. Established as a small workshop, its early objective was to provide training programs to teach weaving and sewing skills to single mothers and women victims of domestic abuse..
In 2006, three sisters founded Sumaq Qara in the hopes of bringing economic opportunity back to the women of Ayacucho, Peru. Internally displaced from guerrilla warfare or domestic violence, these women are generally unable to earn a living selling their products without Sumaq Qara’s resources and connections to the global market.