Unique handmade & fair-trade items from Southern Mexico

Morgantown, West Virginia

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Maggie Haislip

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Maggie Haislip


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About HilosCo

Sales 1,384
On Etsy since 2016

From the moment I took my first stroll past Santo Domingo Church over four years ago, I knew Oaxaca was a place that would capture my heart and keep me coming back. Four years and four trips later, I’ve decided to live here half the year.

I can’t say what it is exactly about Oaxaca that I love so much. I always say the more time I spend here, the less I understand this city. Actually, maybe that’s precisely what I love about it. There is an energy and a vibrancy to life here that resonates deeply with me, to the point where I have few experiences feeling like an outsider. Maybe something closer to a curious observer who is also at the same time is being curiously observed, but for the most part welcomed with open arms.

For the past three years, I’ve worked as a volunteer English Teacher as well as a photographer for Fundación EnVía, a locally based microfinance organization that gives interest-free loans to women entrepreneurs in six communities outside Oaxaca City. Through the organization, I met most of the talented artisans that I work with today. I was so amazed by their entrepreneurial spirit and incredible artistic talent. I wanted to share their beautiful work to those who can’t come to Oaxaca and see it for themselves, while in exchange generating more sales for the artisans.

All the pieces available in my store are hand made. I work closely with all the artisans to ensure all the pieces are of the highest quality possible, and they are paid very fairly for their work. It is my number one priority to build lasting business relationships based on trust, mutual respect, and transparency.

In addition to supporting artistic development in the communities, I am passionate about supporting local organizations. This year, with the help of my wonderful WV community, I was able to donate $1,000 to Fundación En Vía to support its Education Program. These funds were used to support the organization’s business and financial management courses, bag design workshops, and marketing and branding classes. I also donated $500 to Centro Ollin Tlahtoalli, a language school I attended while in Oaxaca, to support art programs for children in several communities outside of Oaxaca City. This program consists of a series of art identity projects promoting indigenous pride and empowerment.

My goal for 2017 is to be able to donate even more to these programs through the support of wonderful people like you!! Thanks again for visiting and taking the time to read our story.

Shop members

  • Graciela and Zenon


    Graciela and Zenon are our first and original artisan partners! They are both seasoned experts when it comes to weaving and leatherwork, and began learning their art at a very young age. They live in Teotitlan del Valle with their three children.

Production partners

  • Sustain U

    Huntington, WV

    SustainU® Clothing, a fully owned apparel brand of Coalfield Development (a 501(c)(3) family of social enterprises), is dedicated to the growth of American jobs, workforce development in Appalachia, and the use of sustainable materials.

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