Manuela Makarios is the founder of Makarios Artisans and is a mother of twelve children who grew up in a poor family. When she was 33, she invented a small crochet balls which later became known as the first hacky sacks in Guatemala. These products were sold at an international level, which brought opportunities to more than 300 woman in needs. Since then Makarios has been focusing on providing work opportunities to indigenous women in rural areas of Guatemala.
We are a family business founded in 1987 which combines traditional Guatemalan heritage and weaving techniques with modern designs. We are focused on creating employment fro families in need while providing elite and high quality goods to the international market.
We are focused on providing the highest quality products, utilizing handwoven textiles and genuine leather. All of our products are handmade and use 100% cotton. Makarios pays their workers a living wage and connects with local charities in the region to help the country.
As time has passed, we began to make clothing, bags and accessories. Today we have been able to position ourselves in the international market.
we work with women that have lots of experience in handmade products, that’s why we can guarantee 100% quality of all our products.
we ship overseas . It takes 3-5 business days for package to be delivered.
we offer affordable prices and regularly announce sales on last season’s items.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
A Guatemalan Woman was born in a very extreme poverty environment, when she was 33 years old, she found prosperity when she invented for the first time in Guatemala Crochet Balls or aka (Hacky Sacks or Foot Bags) which were handmade tipico products, using crochet techniques.
A year later Manuela was converted into a well-known Hackey Sack fabricator, who provided enough economic strength for the whole town.
Manuela started her life like many others of her native town. An indigenous woman and a mother to 12 children. She was born on July 4th of 1954, she came from a very poor family, and they lived in a small isolated town or homestead in Chichicastenango, Quiche. Her father passed away when she was 4 years of age…
And when she was 5 years old, she began to work very early in the morning. She started to do hard work labor in the fields, in the afternoon they use to take her to the mountains to go get wood and by sunset she would go the river to go get water in jars.
Manuela use to do this kind of work in order to obtain enough income to survive. When she turned 11 years of age, she learned how to kill cows, pigs. Also she learned how to make bread. When she turned 15, her mother made her married, for the only reason that her mother did not had enough income to sustain herself and two more of Manuela’s sisters. And that is how Manuela met her husband Francisco.
Both which still lived in poverty, and to survive both of them traveled to near towns to sell vegetables, fruits, and crafts, but even then that did not help them to provide enough for themselves or their family. Both of them speaked the same native language of their hometown which is Quiche, and later on their lives, they learned how to speak Spanish. Years later, Manuela was already mother to 9 children, she would always worry for the misery in which her and her family were living in, and in order to survive she would always look for jobs but even then it was not enough to overcome their basic needs.
When it was very early in the morning, she would always pray to God for his mercy, help and guidance to overcome poverty. One day, her oldest daughter learned the art of how to “CROCHET” at school, even though Manuela had already learned the art of making güipiles with her refined mother (güipil traditional clothing for women with designs handmade quilting).
When her daughter taught her the art of Crochet, she included it in her crafts, and she sold it at the market. At a certain period of time, Manuela came to Panajachel with the objective to sell her crafts, becuase Panajachel is a very touristic place. One day Manuela was selling her crafts in a very small supposedly vender spot on the streets of Panajachel, in the meantime she was making a crochet ball (Hacky Sacks or Foot Bag) and Manuela’s work caught the attention of a American exporter, the American bought one dozen of Hacky Sacks from Manuela and a month later, he came back and he buoght 50 more pieces.
Suddenly, the American comes back to Panajachel and asks Manuela if she can produce a big amount of balls of crochet, Manuela says she can produce any amount. The American very happy tells Manuela ok, and then he says: I want a 1000 pieces. When Manuela saw the opportunity she had, she moves and travels back to her native town, to teach other women how to make Crochet Balls. Manuela looked for many widowed woman, who had lost their husbands during the civil wars in the 80’s. Even children, orphans, and people with physical disabilities were taught by Manuela how to make Crochet Balls.