They lead a Cooperative of producers of natural products (soap, shampoo, creams, etc.) The members of the Co-op are all women and indigenous. Everything is made by hand from fresh ingredients. My day trip outside the city a few days ago, for example, was to scout out potential land to grow the herbs used in their products.
The Co-op allows them to bring their products to market more directly via local stores instead of going through a distributor who would take a cut of the profits. Thus, lower prices for the consumer and higher profits for the producer.
I have mostly been helping with my computer/web abilities. I updated and added some information to their website. I translated their brochure to English since many foreigners who live here frequent the stores their products are sold in. I also redesigned some of the labels for the products – hopefully making them more attractive and more likely to sell 🙂
It’s been a great experience and everyone involved in the Co-op is amazing and interesting. It’s local entrepreneurship at its best.
In Honduras I’ll be volunteering at a much larger Co-op. Hopefully I can take what I learned here and help them out once I get there!