Item of the Week

Sport a stylish accessory and empower women with this pouch

When you need to add color to your ensemble, a punchy clutch is an easy place to start. This Josefina Pouch, available at Coveted Home, is the perfect summer accessory for a night out.

Made available by Mercado Global, the Josefina Pouch is handwoven by female artisans in Guatemala. The front of the pouch features embroidery in fuschia, emerald, pink and black with a black leather backing and cotton interior.

The cross-stitch technique used on the small bag is “traditionally used to embroider symbols from the Mayan Calendar onto huipiles, or traditional garments, of Mayan women,” according to Mercado Global’s website.

The pouch is not only a fashionable accessory, but it also helps women across the globe use their skills to build a better future for themselves and their families.

Through Mercado Global’s empowerment program, women in poverty-stricken areas are given the opportunity to generate a fair and sustainable income through their artistry. Mercado Global’s efforts help women feed their families and pay for their kids’ education.

The pouch retails for $138 but is on sale at Coveted Home for $69.