One Women-Owned Business Making a Difference in an Underdeveloped Country
By Isabella Rolz
Women are the real architects of society. - Famous author Barriet Beecher Stowe
Guatemalan textiles are known globally for being unique, colorful and deeply rooted in this country’s traditions. Locals from villages in rural areas work on weaving these textiles and making them one of a kind. Several Guatemalan women are empowering themselves by starting their own businesses and making beautiful handbags with these textiles.
This is the case of Ethink, a Guatemalan handbag brand founded just a couple of months ago by women entrepreneurs from this country. I’ve had the privilege to interview one of the founders who said that the process of making these bags is quite long because there are four main women weavers in different parts of Guatemala, who create the textiles, and who take their time to make sure the design of the textiles is unique. As Ethink’s slogan suggests, this company has passion for what they do and they do it with love. Without a doubt, I can assure this slogan is completely true!
Nonetheless, the most important part of this process is the fact that women in developing countries are getting the opportunity to empower themselves by launching their own businesses. In Ethink, women from different parts of Guatemala are getting involved in this business and not only building up their confidence, but also globally expanding the weaving industry.
After receiving my first bag from Ethink, I was honored to acquire a gift that was first of all a one of a kind textile from my native country. But most importantly, it was made by women entrepreneurs that are making a change in an underdeveloped country.
Women are certainly the real architects of society. Women with unique initiatives are the ones who generate economic and social change.
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