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This Entrepreneur Traveled the World to Find Herself

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A Designer Traveled the World to Find Herself and Unearthed an Artistic Community

Photo caption: Entrepreneur Yvette Perez-Sosa founded Finding Vettey after a nine-month backpacking trip, where she discovered a community of local handmade artisans. — Finding Vettey. Article by Dan Casarella. CO by US Chamber of Commerce –  January 19, 2021.

Yvette Perez-Sosa always knew she wanted to start a business, but she wanted it to be authentically her. As a first-generation U.S.-born daughter of immigrant parents, she wanted to deeply explore her Mexican heritage and understand how it led her to become the person she is today.

In 2016, Perez-Sosa quit her job in interior design, packed a backpack and bought a one-way ticket to Panama. In a nine-month span, she traveled to Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, before returning to Guatemala.

Perez-Sosa traveled with the intention of returning to her roots. Through her journey of self-discovery, she fell in love with the work of local artisans who made goods unlike anything she had seen in America. Perez-Sosa wanted to share these unique goods from the artists she met, so she took to social media and started Finding Vettey. […]

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