Tiny Mouse with Heart Ornament
A small mouse with a big heart! The Tiny Mouse Heart Ornament was made by artisans in Colombia.
Bread dough, orange peel
Handmade in Colombia
Sapia, formerly Piel Acida, was originally conceived in 1995 by Ana Piedrahita, an entrepreneur in Colombia’s capital city of Bogota. Piedrahita had seen a box from Uruguay that was produced from dried orange peel, and recognized the potential for producing a wide array of unique and intriguing items from this material. She decided to pursue a business specializing in the design and production of the products. As the business grew, Piedrahita brought in business partner Javier Cardenas to provide additional professional management skills and to help in expanding the market for their products. The organization was formally registered in 2000.
Sapia employs 32 artisans directly, with another 50-plus artisans working independently. They also support an additional group of people through their purchase of orange peels, the raw material for their products. Colombia is among the highest per capita in orange juice consumption, which has spawned a strong demand for fresh-squeezed juice. These vendors would normally have to pay to discard the used peels, but now can actually earn additional income from selling them to Sapia.