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Mercado Global: Handbags for a Cause

Mercado Global

Spring has officially sprung, and that means it’s time to update your wardrobe with punchy colors, patterns, and new textures. A closet overhaul is every fashionista’s favorite part of Spring, but what if the money you’re spending on a cute new bag could go to a Guatemalan artisan who is trying to send her child to school?

With the help of Mercado Global, you have the best of both worlds! Partnering with 216 artisans, the non-profit brand offers gorgeous loom-weaved bags and accessories in an effort to live up to their mission statement. Mercado Global “empowers indigenous women to break the cycle of poverty by connecting them to international markets, fostering sustainable livelihoods, and pioneering a socially responsible business model within the fashion industry.”

With fast-fashion all the rage, many buyers are thinking about their wallets and less about the global effects of their purchases. Mercado Global offers an affordable opportunity to be more conscious when updating your wardrobe this season. The brand has reached over $3 million in sales that has gone directly to the women who make the bags–and they are fostering a better way of life for the whole community in the process. One of the main goals of the brand is to ensure that their artisan partners all have the opportunities to send their children to school, and so far 99% of their partners have children enrolled in classes.

Mercado Global is about more than empowering women and providing living wages, they aim to improve the quality of life of future generations and help improve the rural Guatemalan communities as a whole. If you still aren’t sold, just wait until you see the bags. Totally on trend for 2017, they are undeniably cute.

If this inspires you to build a similar partnership with your business and support another community of artisans, you want to start with a clear strategy. Reaching out to international communities and figuring out how to ensure that these communities can get paid fairly and promptly is important when setting up a commerce for a cause. 

So, if for example, you reach out to small AI tech engineers in Nigeria, which is currently going through an innovative revolution with AI studies and expertise, you want to explore options to send money to Nigeria for each item sold. Ultimately, sorting out payment as a priority will ensure you can build long-lasting relationships with international communities in need. 

Click through to see a few of our favorites, but you can check out the rest of their Spring/Summer collection here.

Small But Mighty
We are getting serious beachy vibes from this fringe-trimmed wristlet. Perfect for browsing an open air market or a day by the pool, this accessory is sure to compliment any laid-back outfit.

Stripes, Tassels, and Leather – Oh My!
Honestly, a girl can never go wrong with stripes, and this graphic weekend tote is right on trend. Great for weekends at the lake or beach house, this stylish bag will have everyone ooh-ing and ahh-ing.

Colorful Crossbody
What is Spring without picnics and walks through your local arboretum? No matter the activity this punchy crossbody screams Spring, in the best way possible.

Tote-ally Chic
This bag truly has it all; a pop of color, global patterns, and best of all–tassels. With multicultural fashion making a serious comeback (thank you 70’s), stay ahead of the curve with this tote bag made for any gal on the go.

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Mercado Global: Handbags for a Cause: Photographs Courtesy of Mercado Global

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