Over the past 7 years I have bought quite a few different items made by the women artisans who are clients of Friendship Bridge. I have purchased items at Tipca sales, from the online store, and in person on a 2017 trip to Guatemala. I have been without exception pleased with the quality of these items. Friendship Bridge mentors their clients to be successful requiring that their products be of the best quality. I have shopped in markets and Fair Trade shops that had goods that while they were “ handmade” they were not “well made”. The items sold on the Friendship Bridge online store have been consistently of a high standard: Seams are finished and sturdy, beaded jewelry is on strong thread with good clasps, zippers are reliable and don’t jam or break. The beaded pens I purchased feel good in my hand and the ink cartridge is good and replaceable. I feel confident buying anything in the store knowing that if I give them as gifts they will be appreciated. If for my own home, they will be durable as well as beautiful.