The Catrinka Project make bags and accessories using traditional techniques from around the world. The project nurtures a brighter future for women by investing in girls education and cultivating the talents of women artisans which in turn supports their families.
"We weave because we love this art, and it keeps us alive." - Guadalupe, the woman behind the Guadalupe Tote and the Guadalupe Clutch (pictured above and below).
Each bag sold provides a week of education and life skill mentoring. There are currently 66 million girls around the world who do not receive an education. Education is key to reducing poverty. The Catrinka Project's 2013 collection provided secondary education for 129 girls in four different countries (Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Sierra leon and India). Further information about their impact is detailed on their website.
"When God created man and woman, he was thinking, 'Who shall I give the power to, to give birth to the next human being?' And God chose woman. And this is the big evidence that women are powerful."