How it's Made: Gifts that Give Back from Mercado Global

Mercado Global is focused on transforming the lives of women. The Brooklyn-based accessory brand and non-profit empowers rural Latin American women to become entrepreneurs, uplifting their families and communities and weaving social consciousness into each of their chic accessories. Read on to learn about their process and mission.

 Photos by Charlie Suse

Each Mercado Global collection is inspired by the women who weave them and the women who wear them. Working with indigenous women in the Guatemalan highlands, they design collections with contemporary appeal using traditional artisanal production techniques. 

Every accessory touches many hands: from their expert weavers to their women-run production team cutting fabric and leather, to their sewing cooperative. Finally, finishing touches such as tassels are added in detailing cooperatives to complete the process.

Through their not-for-profit model, Mercado Global provides savings and loan support for access to equipment, training in financial literacy, business development and market access. In addition, the company takes a holistic approach, implementing programs promoting self-esteem, education and family health and nutrition within the artisan's communities. 

Mercado Global's beautiful and thoughtfully designed accessories will transform any outfit, but more importantly, they positively impact the lives of women, their families and communities. 

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