RIKKI QUINTANA, CEO & FOUNDER OF HOONARTS FAIR TRADE
HOONARTS Fair Trade Website: https://hoonarts.com
Contact Rikki by email at: email@example.com
Rikki grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she caught the bug for international connections in her first middle school Spanish class when she realized the magical door opened by talking to someone from another culture in another language. Her passion for creating meaningful connections with people from faraway places has never wavered. She majored in languages at the University of New Mexico and studied abroad in Mexico and Ecuador. She then went on to graduate from Stanford Law School, with an emphasis in international law. She spent the next 31 years as a business lawyer at prestigious law firms in California and New Mexico, working to fit in as much international travel as possible around her busy work schedule, raising a family and her community volunteer activities.
After “retirement,” she began volunteering with a local organization that hosts short-term professional exchange delegations, which led to her first connections with Tajikistan-- at that time a totally unknown part of the world for her. When she learned that no one in the U.S. was working to build a sustainable U.S. market for artisan-made products from Tajikistan, she raised her hand and boldly declared, “I’ll do it!”
From that initial blind leap of faith in 2014, she has taken HoonArts to where it is today-- to a verified fair trade import company working with over 100 artisans in Central Asia and selling to customers on three continents. HoonArts’ unique artisan-crafted products, which come straight from the workshops of master artisans from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, reflect traditional artistic patterns and techniques incorporated into products designed for the modern ethical consumer who wants their dollars to make a difference in the world.
Rikki gets to live her dream every day, working directly with HoonArts’ artisans and other collaborators every day to introduce the people, landscapes and culture of this hidden corner of the world to the West. As she frequently says, “show and tell is my favorite part of the business.” Rikki believes that these types of grassroots connections will ultimately transform the world.