March Artisan: Lucila Cachiguango from Ecuador

Ecuador is known for beautiful weavings, tagua nut jewelry, and other colorful, traditional textiles. Over 6,500 artisans and farmers in Ecuador are able to support their families thanks to the training, technical assistance, and credit provided by fair trade organizations such as Camari and “Ayllu Maki”, a Quechua term meaning “work made by family”.  

 

Lucila Cachiguango and her family run the artisan workshop “Ayllu Maki” and provide opportunities for local weavers to showcase their beautiful weaving traditions while earning fair wages. These artisans use traditional textiles such as suede and leather to create brightly colored tapestry bags, such as the one below.

Fair-trade tapestry bag from Ecuador. photo by serrv.org

Fair-trade tapestry bag from Ecuador. photo by serrv.org

 

Because of the workshop, Lucila was actually able to use her sewing skills to pay for her children’s education. Lucila is a true leader and inspiration in her community.

 

Lucila Cachiguango from Ecuador. photo by serrv.org

Lucila Cachiguango from Ecuador. photo by serrv.org

 

View other fair-trade products made by Lucila Cachiguango and other fair-trade artisans from Ecuador.

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