La Guajira, Colombia is inhabited predominantly by the Wayuu (pronounced "Wah-You") indigenous tribe. The Wayuu inhabit the arid Guajira Peninsula straddling the Venezuela-Colombia border, on the Caribbean Sea coast. They live in sectors called “Rancherías”, which are 5 or 6 home settlements. The Wayuu women are known for their cultural practice of hand crocheting the Mochila Bag.
The native Wayuu people have historically had limited access to education, financing, and infrastructure. Our business is defined by our passion and commitment to establish Fair Trade practices and socially responsible commerce among these indigenous people. We compensate our artisans with fair and competitive wages. Guacamaya Tribal helps sustain many employment opportunities and reinvests earnings from your purchases to the needs of the Wayuu community. Your purchase helps & empowers them with greater independence and purpose by providing a sustainable income for the beautiful culture and hardworking people of La Guajira, Colombia!