We had the good fortune of connecting with Ariany Calles and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ariany, what do you want people to remember about you?
Hecho a Mano ATL is a dream that began more than 20 years ago in Venezuela. I grew up in a matriarchy where women had important family responsibilities but in Venezuela a very macho country where women suffered injustices due to culture but were very capable and intelligent. So I decided to start studies that will help me understand and help women to be emotionally and economically independent. When I arrived in this country I noticed that what I believed was very Venezuelan was worldwide. Female segregation and non-equality. So I decided to create a space where I help women to create companies and develop their identity by guiding them and making them part of a community. In this work I hope this will be the legacy to the world.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have some academic knowledge that has allowed me to carry out this idea. I am an Anthropology and a Museologist. I have knowledge of business training, business and coaching. This added to the design of accessories allowed me to form an institution where I can help the development of manual microenterprise. The business vision and the ease of artistic creation allowed me to have a broad vision of the development of a manual business. This combined with the knowledge of anthropology allowed me to develop a humanitarian vision of the business and that is what makes my advisory school spatial and focused on sensitive entrepreneurship.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I was fortunate to do postgraduate studies at the Vallodolid University in Spain. Specifically, do a master’s degree in museology. That allowed me to visit many museums in Spain, to know the icons of European art. travel to portugal and paris. It is one of the most beautiful experiences of ki life and that I would like to repeat.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Hecho a Mano ATL is a Training program of entrepreneurs where more than 250 women have been trained who have participated in fairs and events held by us over 5 years. We owe our success to all the micro-entrepreneurs who have shared our development spaces, so we want to thank everyone for their unconditional support and participation.

Website: www.arianycallesdesig.com
Instagram: @arianycalles/@hechoamanoatl
Linkedin: Arianycalles
Twitter: @acalles
Facebook: Ariany Carolina Calles Trujillo/Hecho a Mano
Youtube: Hecho a Mano ATL

Image Credits
My collection “DESEO” thanks to: Photos: QuincesyNovias Atlanta Antonio de Kreativos MUA: Fabi Arce Model: Ariany Carolina Calles Trujillo Accessories and Wardrobe: Cresting Design by Ariany Calles

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