MARO is an artesanas cooperative of over 400 women offering the complete range of Oaxacan arts and crafts. Prices here are usually lower than other stalls and shops offering items of similar quality. How is this possible? By forming a cooperative and creating an outlet to sell directly to the customer, the middlemen’s cut is recouped and passed along to the artisan as a better rate per item sold and the customer as lowers prices.
The cooperative occupies a two-story building with thirty rooms all stacked to the ceiling with the artisans’ wares circling an inner courtyard. Because they offer a comprehensive range of goods, this is a good place one-stop shop if you do not have the time or inclination to visit the villages in the valley where the goods are made and many deals are to be found and opportunities abound to buy from the producers direct.