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About Guatemala

  • Located south of Mexico, Guatemala has more than 16 million people making it the most populous in Central America.
  • It is a country shaped by ancient civilizations, volcanoes, and earthquakes.
  • It has the highest poverty rate in Latin America with 60% of the population lives below the poverty line on $2.00 a day and 30% live on less than a $1.00 a day.
  • The average Guatemalan attends school for 5 1/2 years total. 70% of Guatemalan women are illiterate, most leave school by the end of third grade.

What We're Doing

JarBello Gifts is changing these statistics by partnering with the talented artisan groups of Guatemala to share their products with the United States. Because of this, the women of Guatemala are providing for their families, given the opportunity to attend school and learn basic principles that will help them move ahead in life. Young girls are receiving structured learning programs full of practical skills that enable them to become self-reliant and financially independent. These incredible artisans are treated with respect and are taught that they and their dreams have so much value. By purchasing their products you are directly helping create and sustain jobs, changing generations to come in Guatemala!

One of our Artisan Groups is Lucia’s Imports...

Established in 2005, Lucia’s Imports L.L.C operates according to the Fair Trade Federation Principles---partnering with Guatemalan families, artisan groups, and cooperatives to produce and develop a wholesale market for their quality handicrafts and accessories.

Globally, many artisans have little opportunity to market their products. Working side by side with Guatemalan artisans helps improve their economic well being, enabling them to earn a living wage in a region where there are few opportunities to do so. Through direct collaboration with artisans, we are able to design products that are not only fashionable, modern, and functional but embrace traditional Mayan design.

By committing to the Fair Trade Federation Principles we believe we can make a difference in the lives of artisans one purchase at a time, while bringing awareness to the beauty of Guatemalan art and culture.

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