However, those who have visited the country know that the true heart of Guatemala is centered around family, faith and community. Guatemala is comprised of a diverse population, which descended from the Mayans and other indigenous peoples. In a country no larger than the state of Virginia, there are 24 distinctive languages spoken apart from Spanish. While uniquely beautiful, Guatemala’s rugged landscape, broad language variation and limited economic markets create certain challenges for its people working to overcome poverty.
On a recent mission trip to the country, we saw an opportunity to empower local artisans and craftspeople. By connecting them with markets that would value their mastery of ancient techniques like weaving, as well as more modern ones like leather craftsmanship, we can make a significant impact on their economic and social conditions. This trade arrangement benefits these communities and allows us to help them improve the quality of lives for their families, create educational opportunities for their children and provide better access to nutrition and health services.
We invite you to celebrate the legacy of Guatemala by adding a beautiful piece of leather work to your travel collection today.