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Based in Managua, Nicaragua, Oyanca Artesania was founded in 2001 by Tamara Pereira. Her goal? To provide more export opportunities for Nicaraguan artisans, like those who create our wonderfully soft and sturdy cotton hammocks, which are woven on simple looms and tied by hand. Today the enterprise offers resources so artisans can develop new, contemporary designs and colours based on market trends, while still building on traditional skills. Oyanca works with artisans in both rural and urban areas of Nicaragua and, although business is typically male-dominated, 50 percent of the artisans are women who are able to balance their ability to earn a living from weaving and their family life. Oyanca also conducts training programs for artisans, focused on marketing assistance, technical skills, infrastructure and production efficiency. No wonder “Oyanca” means “on a new path!” Ten Thousand Villages started purchasing from Oyanca Artesania in 2015.