A Basket for Change


Founded in January 2008, Arte CUSECO is a small business and Association of Women Artisans from Villa Padre Nuestro.

The Association was founded as a way to provide work for the women in a way that they would not have to leave the community, since all of the artisans are young mothers. They founded this self-sustaining business in order to provide benefits to the community while carrying out their work in an environmentally friendly manner.

The sales made by the Association directly impact the quality of life of the members of the community by providing resources and training.


All of the products are 100% made by hand, making each piece unique. Some of the natural materials they use are coconut shell, cow's horn, suede, conch shells, local seeds, and crystal among others. The artisans are natives of Villa Padre Nuestro, a community located in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic between La Romana and Bayahibe.

The quality, beauty, creativity, and popularity of the jewelry made by these intrepid women are concrete evidence of the strength of their character and of future successes to come.

For more information or to purchase Art Cuseco products, please send an email to: info@abasketforchange.org.

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