The seeds for Dunitz & Company were planted in 1989 when founder Nancy Dunitz visited Guatemala for the first time. “I had been employed in finance for several years at the movie studios,” notes Nancy. “I was longing to explore the world and focus on my creative side. A vacation took me to Guatemala and I’ve been working there ever since.”
While touring Guatemala, Nancy encountered countless talented artisans weaving, painting and carving. Because of political unrest, the country offered minimal tourism trade and few outlets for selling their beautiful wares. Nancy’s vision was to work with artisans fine tuning designs that would appeal to buyers in the US. She knew that this would create opportunity for many who would otherwise not have it. During the early stages of Dunitz & Company, Nancy met two artists who introduced beading techniques to a few Mayan women. She began collaborating with these creative women, and soon a viable and sustaining business was born. “We were on the ground floor,” comments Nancy. “Beading was a new medium in Guatemala and by creating fashion-forward designs, I knew I could also create demand.”
Dunitz & Company supports and contributes to several organizations that help those living in the community where our beadwork is crafted. "Pueblo a Pueblo," a community-based charity, funds many grass-root projects including child education and lunch programs as well as mother-infant care. “Hospitalito Atitlan” is the only hospital that cares for those living in the community where our beadwork is made. "Puerta Abierta" is a free library that also offers reading classes.