Liz Thomson and Jerry Wang founded Nica Life to create fair trade jobs and opportunity in underserved areas of Nicaragua.

“At Nica Life, we believe that to break the cycle of poverty, women must have access to both a living wage and education. We are committed to paying living wages and funding education and development programs for all our artisans,” says Thomson.

Nica Life joined the Fair Trade Federation in 2019 “because we wanted our shoppers to have the comfort of an outside organization verifying our fair trade practices,” says Thomson.

By understanding living wages and paying accordingly, paying as soon as the jewelry is made, allowing artisans to make their own schedules and work at home while caring for their children, as well as transparency in who made each piece by including artisan signatures on the tags and cards is all part of how Nica Life embodies fair trade practices in its business.

“We follow U.S. trends and design products that shoppers love, and our story makes them feel great about their purchase,” says Thomson. Visit