Founders and Artisans
Ron and Mary Ober
Ron was inspired to start Revy after a trip to El Salvador in 2009. He and Mary grew the company together for ten years, and she continues to lead Revy following his passing in November 2019.
Alma de Leon
Alma de Añil
Alma de Leon employs members of 10 families to tend the indigo crops and complete the crafting process, and provides them with gardening space on the farm for their own food crops as well.
Once working solo, Mario now employs a small crew to convert the found rubber scrap into functional and durable accessories. This project both helps the environment and provides jobs in the community.
Taller la Familia
Alejandra founded Taller la Familia or "Family Workshop" in 2013, named in honor of her love for family as a daughter, wife and mother. Since her first class in clay miniature making, she has dedicated herself to preserving this traditional art form, drawing upon her creativity to add new innovations. Her small workshop provides employment and supports the local economy in her community of Ilobasco.
The women of Taller Jaraguá purchase all of their materials from other local family businesses to create a thriving support system. Education is one of their main objectives, and proceeds from their sales have enabled them to build a library with donated books. Classes are held in the alleyways of their urban location while still preserving their culture and dignity.
Some of the women in this co-op are ex-gang members who are now working hard to support their children and provide them with a better life. They take pride in their homes and their work; over the ten years Revy has known them, several children from the community have completed high school-- not a small feat in El Salvador, where education beyond the eighth grade is not free.
Online Customer, Cleveland, OH
"I ordered 9 masks - they are beautiful, soft, ... substantial and professional quality. We couldn't be more pleased! These masks are beautiful and useful and they benefit Humanity. I'd encourage everyone to buy these masks."
Online Customer, Baltimore, MD
"This is the second of your wallets that my boyfriend has purchased. Because of his job, he used to go through a couple of wallets a year, and his last Revy wallet lasted him two years and his credit cards look intact. So we are very excited that he now has a brand new one!"
Women of the Cloud Forest, Pittsburgh, PA
"We have been carrying Revy products since our store opened. They are our "go-to" company for the hard to fill "men's gifts" section in our store. Our favorite product by far is the inner tube belt with the adjustable length feature. We had a customer buy one for himself and return during the holidays to pick one up for all of the men in his family. We are glad to be able to offer Revy products in our store and continue to support all of the work they do in El Salvador."
Our founder is struck by inspiration
Ron Ober makes his first visit to El Salvador, hosted by the NGO CRISPAZ at their San Salvador headquarters. CRISPAZ artisans meet Ron and share their crafts. He returns home, stunned at the depth of need in the country.
Ron returns to El Salvador with Mary, and together they place the first orders with a handful of co-ops, including La Mora Jicambú.
Revy Fair Trade Products is founded.
Fair Trade Federation membership
As the product line and artisan co-op contacts multiply and begin to firm up, Ron applies for Fair Trade Federation membership.