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Honduras

Women of San Juan

The artisans who make the baskets for FMSC MarketPlace partner Women of San Juan are a part of an indigenous people group in Honduras called the Tolupanes. They live in a remote area called Montana De La Flor, accessible only by 4-wheel drive trucks. Most of the basket-makers come from the San Juan tribe. The baskets are a handicraft that has been passed down through the generations. It provides a means for the people to buy food and other essentials like soap. Some of the basket-makers walk 4-6 hours to nearby villages in hopes to sell baskets, however there is not a high demand for them in these villages.

Meet the Artisans

Maria

Maria weaves beautiful baskets for FMSC MarketPlace partner Women of San Juan. She learned to make baskets when she was 8 years old from her mom. The income she earns enables her to buy rice, meseca, spaghetti, and corn. She hopes to sell more baskets to help her provide for her daughter.