Artisan Partners

We partner with over 75 female artisans in Guatemala, Mexico, and Thailand.
We have loved getting to know them over the past 10 years and we hope you will too!

Name: Laura

What is it that you do? What is your specialty?

I am a home maker, I run my family business, and I am an artisan.

How did you begin working with your craft?

I started working with my uncle when I was 12 years old. He had a handicraft business and a hotel. He would send me to sell his products on the streets of our town and he would also put me in charge of the hotel. My favorite part of working with my uncle was going out to the streets to sell. From that point in time, I started to dream of having my own business. I dreamt of having a local cooperative where I would employ many artisans. Soon after, I met my husband, Francisco. We’ve been married for 18 years. My dad didn’t have any money and I remember him telling me that the only thing he could give me was his knowledge on how to be a good businessman. He gifted us a little bit of money so I could invest it into starting my handicraft business with Francisco.

What is your biggest dream/aspiration?

My dream is to keep working and to finish building my house. If God allows it, one day I wish to travel to see where Giovanna sells my products in the United States.

How has working with Lumily impacted your life?

For the last 10 years, Lumily has impacted my life by allowing me to grow economically so I can keep building onto my house and to continue being able to send my two kids to school.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part is that I’m always learning new things and we are always making new designs. But the most important part for me is that Lumily’s customers like my work and that Giovanna has become a part of my family.

Name: Maria

What is it that you do? What is your specialty?

I run a beading business in my home. I manage the beaders that work for me and show my designs in my showroom. We work from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM because the majority of the women who work here are from rural areas. My specialty is making any design that my clients dream up come to life and then show my employees how to make them too.

How did you begin working with your craft?

When I was young, me and a few other kids decided to go to a nearby tourist town to sell some necklaces. That’s how I began my life as a seller. My parents had limited resources so I was never able to go to school. When I was 15 years old, I got very tired of traveling to the tourist town to sell so I started looking for another job. That’s when I found beadwork and that is what I specialize in now and teach other women how to do as well.

What is your biggest dream/aspiration?

I dream of having more work in the future, be able to give my kids the gift of educations and I desire to see all of my employees happy. I hope that their kids are able to receive the education they need to be successful.

How has working with Lumily impacted your life?

First of all, everyday I thank God for the opportunity to work with Lumily. It’s very enjoyable work that has benefitted many families in my community and the surrounding rural areas. I am also thankful for Giovanna for always working hard to sell our product.

Name: Angelica

What is it that you do?

I help my family everyday with the house. I cook and also wash the clothes. After I’m done helping around the house, I start my beadwork everyday from 8-9 AM to 6-7 PM depending on the order.

What is your specialty?

My specialty is making necklaces, earrings, and keychains out of beads. I started beading when I was little and that’s led to my being able to create high quality pieces now.

How did you begin working with your craft?

I started when I was 9 years old. Because we were a family of 12 at that time, my parents found work for us to support ourselves. That’s how I started working with beads. It’s been 15 years since I’ve started finding work for myself because we live with little resources. I always wanted to go to school and I was able to for a few years thanks to this work. That’s why this work is so special to me as it’s not only helped me but also allowed me to help my family.

What is your biggest dream/aspiration?

My dream is to be able own my own house one day.

How has working with Lumily impacted your life?

First of all, I thank God for giving me the opportunity to work with Lumily. I am thankful that this work has allowed me to make more money and help me in life.

Name: Pranee Poontajuk.

What is it that you do? What is your specialty?

My specialty are making bags from vintage fabric and leather and creating beautiful special pieces.

How did you begin working with your craft?

I start this business since 10 years ago.

What is your biggest dream/aspiration?

I don’t have dream but I try to do the best of my ability in everyday. Maybe I dream to travel one day to visit my clients.

How has working with Lumily impacted your life?

Every order including Lumily are help my staff to take care of their family and send their children to study at school. Maybe, That’s my life goals. Moreover Lumily’s order can help to promote income of Tribal fabric in northern Thailand.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of job are making good bags with my intention and sending the good things to everyone who love old fabric handicraft.

We are so excited to introduce you to even more of our artisan partners!

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