Raices means "Roots" in Spanish and is the best way to keep us close to Ecuador, its people and culture.
Raices, Inc. uses fair-trade and socially responsible standards to import high-quality handmade crafts made by highly skilled artisans in Ecuador.
In June 2008, I invested $500 dollars, money that my grandmother generously gave me for my upcoming birthday, to buy handcrafts directly from Ecuadorian artisans to later sell them on the Internet, at markets and festivals. I always had a special attachment to the native handcrafts of my country for their colors and design but, as I was growing up, I realized that they had more important meaning, the expression of cultural heritage and the possibilities that global fair trade create for the development of these communities of artisans.
After doing some research and visiting various small towns in Ecuador, I was fortunate to come across very skilled artisans that have traditionally worked on leather, sheep and alpaca wool, wood and seeds for generations. It is these generations of tradition, wisdom, and care that Raices brings to you with each and every product.
Enjoy Raices... our roots.
Enjoy Raices... our roots.
Socio-economic and Cultural Responsibility
From our very beginning, we felt the need to be responsible with our artisan producers. For centuries the indigenous people from the coasts of Ecuador, have been abused, and cheated from their rights and have suffered outrage for the devaluation their work and effort. We believe compensating these communities fairly and justly for the cultural and traditional value of their work, is the right thing to do. It is a debt we owe them as a society for keeping our traditional culture alive, this is why, Raices bases its success on the fair labor practices for our producers.
Through crafts imports and global sales, Raices contributes to providing fair opportunities for artisans in Ecuador. We respect each step of the supply chain to assure a high quality product and provide our artisans an opportunity to distribute their crafts to the world. All our artisans get compensated in advance for their work orders and the money they receive helps stimulate their local community.. The communities in which are artisans live and work lack education, resources, and the tools to compete in the market alone. . We seek to expand our sales so we can invest in community-led capacity building sessions to empower our artisans to form cooperatives, become independent, and gain the ability to create new contacts to sell their crafts in Ecuador and beyond.
Ecuadorians are strange and unique beings;
they sleep peacefully amid smoking volcanoes,
they live in poverty amid incomparable wealth
and cheer up with sad music