Inter-American Trading, Inc.
"We Practice Fair Trade Through The Private Enterprise System"
HANDICRAFTS, LLAMA & ALPACA PRODUCTS, JEWELRY, PIMA COTTON CLOTHING, BAGS, PURSES & CHILDREN'S CLOTHING
For nearly 30 years, Inter-American Trading, a small family owned company has been importing: folk-art, handicrafts, musical instruments, jewelry, pima-cotton clothing and Llama & Alpaca products from the South American Countries of Peru and Bolivia.
The beautiful relationship between the great cultures of the USA & Peru began in 1980, along with the birth of my first daughter Monica. This business was started with the hopes that my eldest daughter Monica & later Alexandra, would embrace both cultures.
From 1980 - 1990 we exhibited our South American products in our retail store, The Andean Shop, in Larimer Square, Downtown Denver. But as the girls blossomed, I wanted to spend as much time with them as possible and in 1988 we embarked our new and current adventure…WHOLESALE.
Each year, we travel across the country attending Gift Shows and Alpaca Shows exhibiting our Fair Trade Products. Please see our Show Schedule for Show Dates & Locations.
Since Inter-American Trading has provided my family, my friends, my loved ones and myself opportunities and potentials, that a little girl from Lima, Peru could have only dreamed of, I have made it mandatory that we, as a company give back, not only to the community but to the environment as well.
Among the many things we do to take care of our surroundings, we ship all of our products in recycled boxes, are members of the Fair Trade Federation, and donate a portion of our proceeds to the Santa Ana Parish located in a very poor area on the outskirts of Lima, the capital. Please see Villa Maria del Triunfo
Traditionally, the making of ethnic crafts is not given much importance in South America, since it is considered "lower-class" as it is primarily produced by the indigenous population. With little to no local market, the Artesanos that produce these stunning items rely primarily on North American, European & Japanese importers, like us to sell their crafts. They depend on companies like ours, which have access to these markets and are willing to pay a fair price.
All of our merchandise is produced in an environmentally sound manner, using high quality natural materials by native Artesanos. When compared to traditional exports, such as agriculture, the dollar figure may seem small, but almost 50% of the people in Peru make at least part of their income from the sale of their crafts.THEY DEPEND ON US TO KEEP THEM GOING, AND WE DEPEND ON YOU!!!