Feel and look full of life with these truly one-of-a-kind shawls! Hand knitted by Juana in San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala, these warm & thick shawls are equal parts practical (cozy) and beautiful. It is the perfect gift for moms, grand-moms, aunts, relatives, mentors, teachers or yourself! To read more about Juana’s story and the impact of covid-19 on her community, check out this article.
MADE BY: Juana Mendoza
REGION: San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala
IMPACT: This product supports Juana’s weaving business and livelihood. For the past six months, Juana and her family have not sold a single product due to the lack of tourism and COVID-19.
Juana learned the art of backstrap weaving at a very young age from her mother, and she runs a small textile craft shop with her children. Juana has been weaving for 32 years and is now teaching her daughter, Marly, this traditional way of creating fabrics. For the last six months Juana and her family have not sold a single product because their primary clients, the tourists who used to visit town every day, are gone. This has had a huge impact on Juana’s family economy, an effect that is reflected in the family diet and activities. She is hopeful that she will be able to keep her shop open until travellers once again return to San Juan!
In a time where the delivery of goods from halfway around the world to your doorstep is normalized, we at OG want to ensure that the products we bring are done so with the earth in mind. That’s why we’ve worked hard to optimize our supply chain so that your stuff doesn’t spend half of its life in transit, contributing even more to carbon emissions. We purchase the products from the makers, and send them to you. That’s it. When we keep the planet top of mind, we all win.
While lots of e-commerce products go through tons of steps before reaching the consumer, we’ve done our best to shrink that chain. And, where a step can’t be avoided, we’ve found companies & intermediaries that align with our values and goals. We do this by purchasing directly from the retailers, packaging & shipping products ourselves, and more.
Juana sells her products directly to us. They are made by her and her daughter in the family shop in San Juan, and each piece is made with care & love.
We use UTZ, a Guatemalan transport service, to get the products to Toronto. Their mission is to connect Guatemalan artisans & social entrepreneurs to the world. UTZ was founded to help artists and small businesses share their products with the rest of the world. utzmeansgood.com.
Then, the products go online (or to markets here in Toronto) and are delivered directly to you! With no physical retail space and by keeping our operating costs as low as possible, we can offer both the producers and you, our consumers, the fairest price around.