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 Añil
Alma de Añil 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.
La Mora Jicambu
The women here have worked hard to establish their independent jewelry line, now an important part of their young families’ incomes. It is on women like this that the future of El Salvador depends.
The women of Taller Jaragua 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, 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."
La Mora Jicambú Pendant Necklace
Pendant carved from mora gourd, perhaps most recognized as the material used in traditional maracas. Suede cord with stainless lobster clasp.
Dimensions: 19" cord; 1.5" pendant
Please allow for slight variations in color and engraving on this handmade piece. (See photos for some possible variations.)
Fairly handcrafted by the women of La Mora Jicambú co-op in Suchitoto.
Your purchase directly supports the women's co-op of La Mora Jicambú. These young women were only babies when El Salvador's civil war ended, but they are still living with the legacy of that terrible period. They are working to establish their own independence in a new democracy.
Support recycling efforts 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.