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The word Etkie translates to mean "impact" in Turkish. Sydney started working with a women's cooperative in Istanbul assisting artisans in creating a profitable platform for their handmade jewelry. The intent was to elevate their profit from meager sales to a reliable living wage. Returning to New Mexico, she launched Etkie with the same passion to create an ethical for-profit company that provides Native American beaders a platform to create contemporary designs using the artistic traditions passed down from generations. The team of artists earns living wages, impacting the choices they can make for themselves and their families. The artists live on the Navajo Nation where the roads to work are long and the jobs are nonexistent. Many of them elect to work from home on the land and in the community where their roots are deeply planted.
The artisan's skill set is crafting incredible heirloom quality products and my talent is merchandising and accessing high-end markets. By working together, Etkie has created a business that benefits everyone involved in the process. Etkie is in the process of becoming a worker-owned cooperative and registered B-Corporation.