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Manos Zapotecas

Manos Zapotecas develops high end world wide markets for the hand made weavings of the Zapotec people in Mexico, paying fair trade wages.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Retailing / Distribution
  • Location San Diego, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded October 2011
  • Employees 4
  • Website manoszapotecas.com

Company Summary

Our purpose is to make the exquisite, high-quality, handcrafted products of the Zapotec people available to discerning and socially conscious buyers around the world, from retail stores to on line buyers. By connecting these artisans with new markets, and paying fair trade prices, we will help to perpetuate the superb artistry of the Zapotec people, and at the same time help to improve their lives and their community.

Team

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    Francisco Santiago
    Operations Manager, Mexico

    "Paco" Santiago was born and raised in the Zapotec weaving village of Teotitlan, and is now a village leader. He has been a weaver since age 8, and has 20 years experience with exporting to the US. He speaks perfect English along with Spanish and Zapotec, and understands how to gain the trust and confidence of people in every culture.

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    Shelley Tennyson
    Company Owner

    Shelley has had a lifetime of experience as a manager of community development programs and was a partner in a successful start up outdoor adventure business in the 1980's. She gained personal knowledge of the Zapotec community in Oaxaca, Mexico as a volunteer in a microfinance program in 2010 and 2011. Her goal is to start a successful fair trade business and through that to help to alleviate poverty in the Zapotec community.

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    Elizabeth Moffett
    Domestic Operations Manager

    Liz has extensive on line operations experience as a manager at LuLu's and also small business ownership experience in antiques. She has a great deal of insight into the worlds of fashion and home decor, as well as the requirements of on line marketing. Liz also has experience in product photography, and a passion for weaving and anything hand made.

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Advisors

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    Mr. Jim Gianelli
    Lawyer
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    Ms. Gillian Herbert
    Accountant
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Previous Investors

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    Martha Dennis, Kathie Krumm, Kirk Miller, Laine Tennyson, Heather Acuna
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    Michael Tennyson, Gillian Herbert, Rita Silverberg, Ronnie Smith, Susan de Cote
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