Shupaca works with traditional alpaca weavers living near Quito, Ecuador. The artisans, who are paid fairly, hand weave the products on wood looms using the same traditional methods that they have used for hundreds of years. Shupacacombines environment-consciousness with dedication to fair trade and responsible business practices while working with Ecuadorian artisans and their families to ensure products that exude indigenous quality while remaining fashionably relevant to the here and now.
MINGA FAIR TRADE IMPORTS
Founded in 1997, Minga Fair Trade Imports seeks to improve the economic lives of small producers in the southern hemisphere creating Fair Trade relationships with retail advocates in the north and promoting education for all. Minga is a Quechua word meaning "communal work day". When people form a minga, they all come together and work toward a common goal that is often to the benefit of all involved. Minga does just by providing work and fair wages to South American workers while retaining the original values of education and a sharing wage which covers essential expenses and leaves the artisans with enough to reinvest in themselves and their communities.