We started selling fair trade art made by local artists when we opened a shop in Muñoz in June 2011. The goal was to sell handmade jewelry and art to passing tourists and the volunteer community, as well as to fundraise and create awareness for Project Esperanza. We sold on consignment with 60% of our sales go directly to the artists, 12% go to the local store worker and manager, and the rest goes towards Project Esperanza program support.
In 2016, we opened up a space in downtown Puerto Plata as a new cruise port, Amber Cove, was opened, bringing thousands of tourists into town each week. However, our main customers continued to be hotel tourists and volunteers, as the cruise ship tourists were largely led by guides that took them to expensive jewelry stores where they receive a high commission.
Puerto Plata now is preparing to open yet another cruise port right in town and had made great headway before the pandemic of 2020 struck. It is planned that tourists among the cruise ships will walk freely through town. Therefore, we are attempting to secure a permanent space downtown to sell artwork, coffee, and serve as a volunteer and visitor HQ/main office. Please see how you can help us secure this space here.
Please check out our online store and pictures below showing artist trainings.