María is 63 years old and is one of 5,000 members of a tribe called the Chachi. They speak Chapala and have a culture that dates back 1,000 years. The Chachi people originally inhabited the mountainous areas (or Sierra) in Ecuador but when the Spanish came and conquered, they fled to the rainforest of the southeastern Emeraldas. Her son is the local chief. Maria was taught at age ten to do basket weaving. The Chachi people are trying to preserve the traditional arts and culture of their tribe. Many young people in the tribe have forgotten how to make baskets. The Chachi people hope that by selling their beautiful handwoven goods, more of the young people will be interested in preserving their culture.
What she sells:
Handwoven baskets and goods