We established our workshop in Bolivia in 2012 along with a local family. The team of five had been creating bags for the local market and had skills past down through the generations. They used antiquated equipment and tools, however they had incredible know-how and had access to excellent raw materials.
We began by designing a few simple designs and created a total of 27 bags that filled 3 suitcases and returned to the UK. Fast forward 7 years and we now employ over 100 people in the same (hugely extended) workshop. All employees have been trained and supported back into employment and the close connection that we have developed is the cornerstone on which the company is built.
When designing our new cafe we wanted to show our appreciation in some small way to those who have dedicated their time and efforts over the past few years to making quality Beara Beara products. We wanted to make these people a feature so organised a photoshoot with Bolivian photographer Henry Ponce Barco. Henry is a local of La Paz and spent two days with our workers in a spare room of the workshop. Henry was able to capture a glimpse of each individual character and should get great credit for the amazing results within a challenging environment.
We thank every one of our employees in Bolivia and we hope to continue to grow our amazing team over the years to come.