MayanHeartArtisan

Mayan Heart Artisans

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala · 39 Sales

MayanHeartArtisan

Mayan Heart Artisans

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala 39 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(14)

Announcement   High quality handmade items created by talented artisans in Guatemala. Your purchase helps families provide for medical expenses & schools, while keeping them employed.

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High quality handmade items created by talented artisans in Guatemala. Your purchase helps families provide for medical expenses & schools, while keeping them employed.

Artesanias Guatemaltecas

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Artesanias Guatemaltecas

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5 out of 5 stars
(14)
mistercsc

mistercsc on Jan 10, 2015

4 out of 5 stars

I really like the mask. The colors are vibrant but not gaudy. Thank you. If you ever have any more to sell private message me. I would love to look and see what you have.

Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith on Dec 10, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

This item perfect and arrived promptly. Seller was very helpful in helping me find what i was looking for!!

Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith on Dec 10, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

This item is beautiful and arrived promptly. Very kind and helpful seller! And thanks for the bonus gifts!!

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About

Life at the Mercy of Tourism

When visiting Guatemala, you will be astounded by the abundance of talent as well as the beauty of this land. From hand crafted purses, bags, bedspreads, hair accessories, table runners, clothing, to leather goods. Precious metals molded into elegant jewelry with the addition of unique stones and the traditional Jade use, to top quality carpentry, exquisite landscaping, & gorgeous European architecture. Not to mention the world's best coffee & the art of chocolate making.

Guatemala's beauty is infectious, with breathtaking volcanoes to majestic lakes, rivers, thermal waters, & natural pools. The mysticism of a Maya civilization that has vanished leaving behind archaeological artifacts & giant temple ruins that pierce through the jungle canopy. Spanish colonial villages that have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The array of a bright colored culture surrounded by a rainbow of fauna & flora. A developed country with high rise buildings, modern technology, malls, & hot spots. Guatemala is a destination that you must visit.

But in rural villages, Guatemala is plagued with poverty, malnourished children, & a lack of clean, running water. Many families labor diligently to provide the most basic needs for their families, many at the mercy of tourists. You can see men in their 80's carrying a load of branches on their back to take home for fixtures or cooking. You see 5 year old children shining shoes & selling gum in the parks. Street food is sold on almost every corner by ordinary indigenous women selling home made food just to earn an income.

If you've visited Guatemala, you've more than likely been approached by an indigenous woman selling scarves, table runners, & jade necklaces. As you tell her, "No gracias" you are then approached by 4 others selling flutes, bracelets, & hair braids. When I asked one woman in Panajachel how much she had made that day, she said only 30Q, which is roughly $4. Not only do we know that the Quetzal is about 8 times less valued than a U.S. Dollar, we still try to barter with the artisans to buy a quality, hand made product that took 4 days to make for $3. When life gets desperate, so are the measures for survival. Illegal immigration to the United States is a risk worth taking for many families in search of a better life. But corruption in government has hindered any efforts of improvements for the people.

The beauty of being an American is that anyone can start a business right out of their home so long as they have access to the internet. In a meeting of over 50 artisans in Antigua, Guatemala I asked, "How many of you have internet access or computers in your home?" Only 4 raised their hands.

Mayan Heart Artisans is a virtual 'mercado' where each artisan is given the opportunity to sell to a global market as well as introduce themselves & their life story to the world. Any purchase of one of our products helps aid a family in medical expenses, education, & prevents immigration.

We want to take this opportunity to thank 'Casa de La Cultura de Guatemala' in Los Angeles &' Lost City Adventures' for partnering up with Mayan Heart Artisans.

Shop members

  • Jessica

    Owner, Photography, Shipping, Marketing, Promotion, Recruitment, Quality Control

    A philanthropist, musician, & advocate for human rights. I love Jesus Christ & love living life with a purpose!

  • Byron

    Shipper, Assistant, Marketer

    President of The Guatemala House of Culture in Los Angeles & CASGUA (Centro de Asistencia Social Guatemalteco). Byron provides immigration services for Central Americans. He is a journalist, columnist, entrepreneur, advocate, and Jessica's dad.

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Last updated on July 7, 2012

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