The Living Threads Co. partners with a family family cooperative in Leon, Nicaragua. Thanks to Living Threads Co., the coop has increased the average monthly income from $80 USD to $300, and roughly 80% of business is derived directly from Living Threads. As a weaver Danelia, a Leon weaver explains, "we have had many more orders and better income, the partnership improved our economic situation". The concern over food, education, health, and a stable income has decreased.
In the past when the family wanted to buy raw materials they would forgo meals in order to purchase cotton. Their house did not have windows or doors, and the floor was only dirt. The family had to make difficult decisions choosing between food and medical care. After the increase in income and demand for work, the family takes pride in the appearance and maintenance of their home. Now they can enjoy more quality time together.
Through micro-credit and training programs, 10% of profits are re-invested in artisans and their growing businesses. Continued support and sales from you, our valued customers, has allowed Living Threads Co. to achieve its goal of preserving artisan traditions, improving livelihoods and showing that Nicaragua is a country that produces beautiful handicrafts!