In her interview, she explains how the company was founded in 2016 on a mission to empower Guatemalan women. She teaches artisan women different techniques to be able to make different women’s accessories, such as bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings. Zila’s objective is to provide Guatemalan women an opportunity to be trained in a sustainable job that provides them with a fair salary that not only supports them but helps to lift up the entire community through their work. One of Zila’s goals this year is to produce different products and accessories, primarily for women, that carries a message of female empowerment and if women are happy, the truth is power. They are also looking forward to continuing collaborating with Inspire Me Latin America to be able to connect to different parts of the world such as the US in order to grow their client base and knowledge about Zila, their mission, and have access to their beautiful products!
In the five years since starting her business, Claudia has focused on supporting different entrepreneurs and local producers of the materials she uses in her products and designs. One of the most important things in her work is the idea of creating and designing unique and exclusive pieces based on the clients’ requests. From time to time they have products in stock but mainly their objective is to make personalized pieces.
For 2021, they have many projects lined up, one of them is to launch a virtual store where customers will be able to buy and see objects. The online store will include products that are not only decorative but also works of art with different techniques beyond macrame and loom work. They also want to incorporate different elements this year such as ceramic, wood, and clay that are all produced locally. Together with inspire me Latin America they have created a collection of jewelry and hope to introduce new jewelry designs that are more contemporary and current using fiber materials that differ from what they have used previously.