WE ARE IBU IN ACTION:
The Ibu Foundation supported La Casa’s new software system called La Casa Tracking after their old system broke down in 2021 in order to better track all wholesale orders and client information, including 22 different artisan groups who use the website.
Founded as a store in Guatemala City in 1994, La Casa Guatemala offers fine wearable and home decor textiles, as well as custom furniture, vintage textiles, and art related to the everyday life of the indigenous Mayan population. Their clients are 99% based in the US, and they work with many notable companies, including West Elm and Anthropologie.
La Casa’s artisan partners belong to a dozen Mayan indigenous and linguistic groups and have mastery of a vast range of traditional techniques developed across their history. They work with individual artisans, family workshops, and artisan cooperatives in nearly every region, helping to support thousands of artisans. Their network includes: pedal and backstrap loom weavers, embroiderers, crocheters and macramé-ers, sewers, seamstresses and tailors, potters, woodcarvers, carpenters, glass beaders, silversmiths and jade cutters, cobblers, leather belt makers, glass blowers, glass bottle cutters, and basket weavers.
In 2022, La Casa asked for the Foundation’s support to fund a new software system called La Casa Tracking. This will track all wholesale orders and house their client information, including the 22 different artisan groups (2,600 artisans) who register on this website. After having their platform breakdown in 2021, they have been tracking everything in excel, and are in desperate need for this new platform.