Meet The Face Behind


A BRIKA maker story

Ruth DeGolia

"Every piece is hand-woven by indigenous women artisans in the highlands of Guatemala."

Mercado Global is a Brooklyn-based women’s accessories brand that highlights the refined craftsmanship of heritage Mayan loom weaving. Every piece is hand-woven by indigenous women artisans in the highlands of Guatemala. Our partner artisans earn three times their former daily income with Mercado Global. Each purchase goes directly to artisan communities, helping mothers send their kids to school.

As Mercado Global's Co-Founder and Executive Director, Ruth DeGolia has overseen Mercado Global's growth from a small non-profit working with a dozen artisans in Guatemala's highlands to its recognition as an innovator in social enterprise, partnering with hundreds of artisans and a number of major international specialty retail chains and catalogues. Ruth has been recognized for her role in founding and supporting a variety of programs and organizations related to international development and poverty alleviation. She has also received honors for her academic work on the impact of globalization on political and economic development in Latin America, including the William H. Orrick prize at Yale University. In May 2004, she was named among the “World’s Best Emerging Social Entrepreneurs” by the Echoing Green Foundation. In July 2006, she was selected as one of the “15 People Who Make America Great” by Newsweek magazine and was featured on the magazine’s cover along with Brad Pitt and Soledad O’Brien of CNN.