Mercado Global is a nonprofit organization that promotes community driven development by linking Guatemalan women’s cooperatives to the U.S. market through a model of fair wage employment and education. Mercado provides assistance to one-of-a-kind accessory artisans in the areas of design, product development, technical training, financial planning, and organizational management. Today, the employment and support given by this organization has helped indigenous Guatemalan women send more than 2,000 children to school for the first time. Women invest in the things they need most, from water pumps in their homes to sending their daughters to high school. Food security has more than doubled in Mercado Global’s partner communities, and artisans have taken on leadership roles to help their community members break the cycle of poverty.