Eterna Built is not simply a furniture maker, but a route to meaningful employment for communities without economic opportunities. Each time you purchase one of our products, the proceeds go directly to creating jobs in Guatemala.
We are a furniture maker dedicated to providing education and employment to rural populations in Guatemala. This is because we understand that job creation is the key to solving immigration issues throughout Latin America.
At 3:01am on February 4, 1976 a seven-point-five magnitude earthquake struck Guatemala. Cities throughout the country were ravaged. The majority of buildings at that time were built of adobe or cinder block, and crumbled instantly. Having struck so early in the morning, many were caught sleeping, and the death toll quickly climbed to 23,000. As a result of this catastrophic event, support rushed into the country.
Among this effort was an American named Dennis Martin. Working with the Canadian embassy, Dennis led an effort that completed schools, water systems, and municipal buildings throughout the country. His time spent living in the impoverished regions of Guatemala impressed upon him the importance of creating a company to employ the indigenous Mayan population.
Working to realize his grandfather Dennis's vision, our founder Thomas Kovacs started Eterna Built. To date, we have trained over 100 Guatemalan carpenters. Our efforts to promote sustainable forestry and economic mobility are supported every time a piece of furniture is purchased.
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