Artisan Biographies

  Most of the jewelry on My Wholesale Boutique is from an Ecuadorian women's cooperative:

  La Calera Asociation de Mujeres

  In 2010, a group of indigenous women was formed to use their skills to make fashion accessories.

  They are passionate and proud of using natural materials from Ecuador to give beauty to other women worldwide.

 

  They keep learning how to create new and better jewelry as they grow in their professionalism and organization.

 

 

 

From the women:

  •   “I am happy belong to the cooperative with the other women in the village. Everyday, I feel thankful and lucky to have this  unique opportunity in my life. I am so glad I have a good job that enables me to keep taking care of my family. I am also proud of creating natural jewelry made out of seeds of our land.”
  •  “We got a fair job close to our house and we know why we are making the jewelry. Last year, we saw 25 kids going to school thanks to the jewelry.”
  • “I feel I can both take care of my family and working for the cooperative with a fair salary. I am in charge of the accounting and of managing the scholarships.”
  • “I know why we are working, not only for money but also for adding meaning to our life.”

Many items from our handbag collection are designed and created by

artisan-photo  John and Mery Alvarez

  John and Mery have been working in leather crafting for 20 years, having learned from a local Cotacachi leatherworking shop.

  Now they work together from their home and operate a small outdoor stall on the weekends.

  Sometimes they work with with their adult daughters, to make beautiful, practical leather goods that reflect the colors of Ecuador.

 

 

 

Much of our faux leather is created by

  Ramiro Morales and Family

  Ramiro lives with his extended family in an indigenous Kichwa community.

  He works with his family and extended family creating faux leather goods.

  Ramiro does most of the design work. Initially the family worked in leather over the last 16 years,

  but they have recently started moving to faux leather as the price of leather has gone up over the last few years.

 

 

 

Our fused glass earrings are made by

  Mary Mendoza

  Mary is a single mom with 2 small children that she supports through making earrings and pendants from glass.

  Mary has a small outdoor craft stall that she operates on weekends.

  Mary designs the earrings herself and creates them in batches. She loves the colors and creativity required to

  make beautiful jewelry from pieces of glass. She has been creating for 15 years.

 

Handmade

All our products are handmade


 

Fair Trade

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Fair Trade

We work with artisans on a fair trade basis


 

Direct from Ecuador

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Direct from Ecuador

All products are made and sent from Ecuador


 

Eco Friendly

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Eco Friendly

Many of our products support sustainable use of the Amazon Rainforest


 

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