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Profession / role:
Institutional Partnerships Coordinator
Company / organisation:
Mercado Global
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www.mercadoglobal.org
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Founded in 2004, 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.
Career history / Company history:
When Founder and Executive Director, Ruth DeGolia, traveled to Guatemala to study indigenous communities for her undergraduate thesis, she witnessed poverty first-hand. She found indigenous women weavers who were extremely talented, yet struggled to feed their families. Ruth returned to the US and started MG by selling these hand-made products on Yale’s campus. The products sold so quickly that she soon expanded the reach of the organization by involving student groups from universities across the country and eventually, retail partners.

In 2005, MG partnered with its first client, ABC Carpet & Home, paving the way for more partnerships with international retailers from Asia to the U.S., including Anthropologie, Calypso St. Barth, J.Crew, and Levi Strauss & Co., among others.

MG takes a unique approach to fighting poverty through market access. This is possible through a dual revenue model that pairs product sales with private and institutional funding to provide rural indigenous women the opportunity to earn an income and participate in educational classes and technical trainings.

In 2007, after realizing the importance of teaching women to better manage their increased income, MG launched the Community-Based Education Program to maximize the organization’s impact on artisans’ lives. This spurred a core curriculum to educate and empower indigenous women artisans in Guatemala in four key areas: entrepreneurship and business development, women’s health, leadership, and financial management.

MG started with a network of a few dozen artisans, and today, 12 years later, we have had long-term impact and partnership with over 450 women and over 2,700 dependents from more than 40 indigenous communities, expanding the scope of possibility for rural indigenous women.

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Production and Operations Intern Listing

Posted on June 29, 2017 at 20:10 0 Comments

Production and Operations Intern Intern needed at Mercado Global for mid-August to end of December
Position based in Panajachel, Guatemala

Information and application details: https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Mercado-Global/jobs/Production-Operation-Internship-964878e36ffe1830?q=mercado+global

Photography Intern Listing

Posted on June 29, 2017 at 20:08 0 Comments

Photography Intern needed at Mercado Global for mid-August to end of December
Position based in Panajachel, Guatemala

Information and application details: https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Mercado-Global/jobs/Photography-Intern-ee47aa167581e285?q=mercado+global

Translation Intern Listing

Posted on June 29, 2017 at 20:08 0 Comments

Translation Intern needed at Mercado Global for mid-August to end of December
Position based in Panajachel, Guatemala

Information and application details: https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Mercado-Global/jobs/Translation-Intern-1254902973476b85?q=mercado+global

Social Media Intern Listing

Posted on June 29, 2017 at 20:07 0 Comments

Social Media Interns needed at Mercado Global for mid-August to end of December
Position based in Panajachel, Guatemala or in Brooklyn, New York

Information and application details: https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Mercado-Global/jobs/Social-Media-Intern-2dc671b269cf5646?q=mercado+global

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At 11:10 on August 15, 2016, Elizabeth Leveques said…

Good day,
How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very important to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site. Could you please get back to me on my private email(elizabethlevequees@gmail.com) if you dont mind ?
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