MayaWorks continually works with its artisan partners in Guatemala so that have the tools to work independently. That is why we were thrilled when they approached us about opening a small store to carry their own inventory in Guatemala. Up until now most of the products the artisans craft were for the export market. We worked with them on design and ordered products to meet the demands of the North American market. Now MayaWorks artisans are creating their own designs and selling them to the local market which means they are crafting products for Guatemalan nationals as well as the tourist market. Selling their own designs within country allows artisans to expand their market reach and teaches them valuable lessons about the product development process, inventory management and marketing.
The MayaWorks store is very small and is located in Chimaltenango near our central offices. We also are very pleased that more and more stores within Guatemala are seeking out our lines to carry in their venues. We hope that many tourists will return home with a high quality handcrafted fair trade MayaWorks product!
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