Our mission is to create opportunities for artisans in Ecuador who live in poverty and lack access to well-paying jobs. We aim to build transparent & long-term relationships by promoting fair trade principles and understanding their costs to accommodate a fair wage. In addition, we ensure the rights, dignity, and well-being of children by never using exploitative child labor. We strongly support children's right to security, education & play.
Ecuador is a beautiful and diverse country, filled with nature, adventure, art, culture and traditions in four very different regions. Ecuador is made up of the Amazon, the Andes Mountains, the Pacific Coast, and the Galapagos Islands. While living abroad in Quito, the country’s capital in the Andes region, we craved the rich diversity Ecuador had to offer. My wife, brother, brother-in-law, and I went on a road trip through three out of the four regions to explore, find adventure, and to enrich our cultural awareness.
Along our journey, we fell in love with the experiences Ecuador gave us. We met many people, like tourists from all over the world, locals, and artisans. The Ecuadorian population includes many skilled, traditional artisans that create gorgeous crafts and products. Throughout our road trip, we were mesmerized by these beautiful products and found ourselves buying as many as we could. We wanted to take pieces of Ecuador home with us, as well as recognize the artisans’ hard and skilled work. Along our way we were inspired by these people and their craft, and the seed, of what is now “Yapa Artisanal Collections, LLC,” was planted.
We hope to share the beauty artisans’ handcrafted products with you, and hope to extend our appreciation of their talents. In addition to purchasing their products and contributing to their businesses, we will be donating 5% of our net sales to non-profit organizations in Ecuador to help out in any other way we can. We hope you feel a connection to the culture of Ecuador like we have, and enjoy the handcrafted products in your home.