ArtCamp, short for Artesanas Campesinas, is a women-owned cooperative employing rural artisans. Based in Tecapulco, Mexico, these women continue the tradition of silver and abalone jewelry. ArtCamp preserves that tradition while introducing new materials, machines, and methods in order to compete in the highly competitive jewelry market. Their designs range from semi-precious stones, shells, or tiny flowers captured in resin and accentuated by silver alloys or precious metals. Artesanas Campesinas works hard to capture the traditions of Mexico in every jewelry piece.
The founders of BIO Imaginarte take the mantra "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle" to heart. The focus of BIO when it began in 1992 was educating Mexico in the need to protect and restore the environment. Working with women who live in several villages as an aspect of its educational efforts, BIO helped design bags and other functional products that are made from manufactured materials, reusing aluminum pop tops, rubber from tires and plastic billboards, as well as recycling paper and candy wrappers. The women are paid a fair price for each piece that they make, which promotes the beauty of handmade products while addressing one of the main causes of environmental deterioration in Mexico: poverty.
Cuervo Metal, located in Taxco, Mexico has over 45 independent artisan workshops. This Fair Trade group is committed to the livelihood of the artisans and preserving the tradition of silversmithing for their children. Cuervo Metal provides a well equipped workshop that is used daily by the artisans at no charge as well as technical support and interest free loans.