Most of the world is stuck in a cycle of poverty, corruption, and lack of education. Often, financial gain is offered only through questionable or illegal avenues which result in personal ruin and the collapse of community. The traditional skills and crafts are typically neglected, and often lost because they are not viable enough to provide adequate income and long term sustainability. We want to value and encourage these crafts in a way that honors the artisan and promotes ethical business practices which will lay a foundation for future generations to operate within a growing and changing global marketplace.
Latitudes provides a genuine business outlet to artisans in isolated areas around the world. We desire to have a positive impact in their families and community through micro-business enterprises. We create and encourage an environment of support for the artisans who work in these businesses by giving them a market to sell their hand-made products. In addition to buying products we offer training in business management, help develop new products, and provide basic education for our workers and their family where we can.
Through Latitudes, a tangible expression of love is powerfully worked out in their midst. We are helping numerous groups around the world by providing a place to distribute and market their handcrafted products. This helps to provide much needed income to the artisans and thus helps provide stability and opportunity to the community. These truly are products with a purpose!
Presently there are multiple businesses in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East producing products for our store. You can find the country of origin under each product description. In addition to the web store we run a retail store in Orlando, Florida, have two regional offices in the US, and distribute products across North America. We are constantly looking for new opportunities and new product ideas, so check in regularly to see what we have to offer.