Twenty five years ago, John von Wodtke and Shari Zarin fell in love with Guatemala during a 6-month voyage through Central and South America. Smitten by its rich traditions and rugged terrain they immediately began saving for a return trip. Their passion for community and a drive to create innovative products is what runs this small, family founded and operated company called Altiplano. Shari and John raised their family in both southern Vermont and Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Shari designs the products which are then crafted by small indigenous family businesses, cooperative groups, and Altiplano's own fair-trade workshop in Guatemala. Altiplano gives back in many ways. In addition to their support of cooperative groups and family businesses in Guatemala, they offer financial support to over 30 organizations in need locally and globally.