Project Description

Threads Worldwide - Ecuador

About Ecuador

Our Artisan Partners in Ecuador are able to earn an income without leaving their village, allowing them to keep their families intact.

With their earnings from crafting jewelry, many women invest in education for their children and themselves. They also have access to subsidized items like smokeless stoves that make their homes safer and more comfortable. Because our Artisan Partners have access to a global market, they are able to preserve cultural traditions of crafting jewelry from natural materials sustainably harvested from the rainforest. 

What We Love

Artisans use resources like tagua seeds to create jewelry as resilient and unique as the women who made them.

Nancy’s Story

Nancy is a hardworking mother of five. She started selling jewelry from a mat in the crowded marketplace of Otovalo, but sales were slow. She and her husband, Carlos, struggled and eventually became homeless. The financial stress was painful for her family and put strain on Nancy and Carlos’ relationship. One day, a woman approached Nancy in the market and offered to include her pieces in her fair trade jewelry line, opening up Nancy’s products to a global market. Nancy readily agreed. 

The family has since built a small home with electricity, running water, and linoleum floors. Better still, the home has grown to include a workshop that employs eight other women! Having a thriving business has strengthened Nancy’s relationship with her husband, and has provided life-changing opportunity for their family and community.

Made with Heart in Ecuador

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