After over 15 years living in the San Francisco Bay and sourcing, importing and marketing chocolate and other fair trade and organic food products, we set out to world school our two children, Luna (9) and Marley (5), and take them on a journey where we could share with them what we have learned from our travels and the many communities that we have been working with over the years in Thailand, India, Peru , Brazil and all around the world.
While our numerous weekends in our beloved VW Westfalia in California and beyond, and our frequent trips to Europe and Australia with the kids, have prepared us for a nomadic life, the desire to explore has, far from being fulfilled, created an even bigger drive to keep discovering and learning.
This is our journey that we want to share with you through Mercado on the Go: an ad-hoc store where we can offer and ship to your doorstep the various treasures, handicraft and special goods that we are curating throughout our travels. In some way, this is the logical continuation of our previous life -sourcing outstanding products from indigenous communities- but more personal. At a time when any products can show up at your door two days after you click the “buy now” button, we feel there is no purchase more rewarding and meaningful than when we know the maker or artisan who has made it, often the heir to a long tradition and know-how, and knowing that the purchase is as meaningful for the buyer as it is for the person who made the goods. We will connect products, makers and stories as we weave Mercado on the Go into our journey.
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At Mercado on the Go, 25% of profit goes to local NGOs and organizations working with or around the communities that make the goods. We also plant 1 tree for each package we send, so you know that, on top of doing your part every day in reducing your carbon emissions, every package that shows up from Mercado on the Go is a new tree planted in the Peruvian Amazon.
Ilse, Edouard, Luna and Marley