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Embera Chami Tribal Leader & Founder

LeLe Bombe was born as a way to explore my ancestral indigenous roots with the hope to revitalize the artisanal way of life for many underrepresented communities producing handmade crafts in Colombia. I sometimes say it all started as an unexpected artisanal journey cultivated by my grandmother's stories. A humble women born in the Cauca region with indigenous Andean roots, her stories about strength, struggle and happiness taught me how to be proud of who I was and grateful of our native roots. Through this platform I hope to celebrate the originality of ancestral techniques. and create a space that preserves the cultural legacy of the communities we work with. 

Launched as a grass roots initiative, today it has turned into a sustainable trading model, involving local leaders and empowering women artisans. Here you find the hearts and souls of artisans who's unique designs are inspired by generations of story telling, traditional art form and the willingness to keep their culture alive. 

By personally traveling to each region we establish relationships based on trust. There is no middleman and no large production chain. Each item is hand numbered, identified by region and available only in limited quantities. We take into account the well-being of our artisans and the environment. Each piece is handmade, can take up to 20+ days to complete and designs are 100% exclusive: No two pieces will ever be the same. These pieces are more than just products, but colorful stories weaved together that support the native artistic communities of South America. 

So why us? Because we're thrilled to be a part of the growing movement to be a 'mindful' business. We provide fair pay to artisans and connect you to real stories, authentic goods and a valued causeYour purchases enable us to go an extra mile and help the vulnerable groups we work with. Through our "Pueblo & Acqua Project" a community driven project , we are able to uphold the principles of fair trade, preservation of cultural heritage, and empowerment of women.

Lele Bombe Fair Trade Diagram