These handmade turtle earrings are awesome for ocean and animal lovers! They are handmade by the talented members of Alma de Colores: a social and labour inclusion organization that employs, trains, provides workshops, support and opportunities for people with disabilities in Guatemala. They are based in San Juan La Laguna, a town of artists and farmers on the shores of Lake Atitlan.
*Colours will vary, but please contact us at [email protected] if you’d like to choose something specific!
MADE BY: Alma de Colores members
REGION: San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala
IMPACT: This product supports the Alma de Colores who provide fair wages, therapy, scholarships and micro-loans to finance education and business for people with disabilities who would not otherwise have access to these resources.
Alma de Colores is part of a larger organization: The Centro Maya. Asociación Centro Maya Servicio Integral is a small Guatemalan non-profit organization located in San Juan La Laguna. They serve people with all types of disabilities of all ages (although 74% of our program participants are children) through education, rehabilitation, healthcare and labor inclusion programs. Their objective is to empower people with disabilities for them to be independent, autonomous and participate in their communities to inspire change.
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.
Alma’s members design, make and package their jewellery either on site or at home. They sell locally to tourists and diners at the Alma de Colores restaurant.
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.