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It all started back in 2013 while I was still in law school. I traveled back and forth from Guatemala to Miami, FL. On each of my visits to the US, I would bring Guatemalan souvenir crafts to my American friends, who always were amazed and interested in my culture. Right then and there I started thinking of ways to share my country’s heritage with the world.

As I began to dig deep into the world of the artisans, I quickly realized two things: First, that there was a lack of work opportunities for indigenous women and second, that most artisans were exploited and underpaid. That’s when the dream of creating a social enterprise under the name of Nawal came to me. 

My friends and family know that I've always been a creative person. I love illustration, photography, and fashion, so it was no surprise to them when I broke the news that even though I was going to graduate as a lawyer, I was not planning on pursuing a career in the law field.

Early in 2014, I started experimenting with leather, textiles, and other materials and began the search for craftsmen and craftswomen who could bring my designs to life. I managed to produce shoes, bags, and accessories made by hand, striving to perfect the smallest details to create a line of high-quality products. I quickly realized the dream I once had was quickly turning into a reality. My passion was Nawal.  

I am the kind of person that doesn’t believe in casualties. I deeply believe that everything happens for a reason and that God´s timing is perfect.

Still,  as a law student at the time, I realized that attending law school wasn't a mistake. Attending law school has allowed me from the very start to apply my knowledge to good use and to pursue my true calling: fighting for vulnerable women’s rights, set an example through applying Fair Trade policies, and empowering women to pursue our dreams together.

It hasn't been easy as I have encountered many setbacks, disappointments, and obstacles along the way. A lot of time, effort, sweat, and tears have been spent on this brand, but after seeing how it has changed the life of many artisans, women, and children, I get to proudly say: 

 It's all worth it. ♡♡♡

 

@ccygamboa

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