‘Iguazu’ was established in 2003 by Neil and Karen, and has been a thriving family run business ever since!
Before starting our own business, we spent years after studying (where we met at Nottingham Trent University) travelling the world and living in places as diverse as Vancouver in Canada, Asuncion in Paraguay, Sydney in Australia and Hamilton in New Zealand.
Using these areas as bases to explore, we quickly fell in love with the myriad of fantastic handicrafts being produced around the world.
Having studied International Relations at university, Neil’s focus was on the inequalities found in the global economic system that kept these highly skilled artisans in a cycle of poverty.
Seeing this first hand around the world on our travels became something we could not ignore, so we decided to do something about it!
On returning from living and working as teachers in Paraguay, we opened a small shop in Beeston near Nottingham University selling fairly traded gifts from around the world. As interest in our business increased, we rapidly took over two more shops as they became available and started selling many more interesting lines from silver jewellery to furniture.