Latin American Cultural Association uses arts as a vehicle to inspire cross-cultural understanding, making the rich cultural heritage of the indigenous peoples of Latin America accessible to everyone through community education, cultural programs, and our fair trade storefront. We are a volunteer and intern operated non-profit organization, and all of the profits earned from our store and outreach events are reinvested in the artist collectives of of Central and South America, as well as the local Buffalo community.
Our fair trade storefront, called El Buen Amigo, is located in the heart of the Allentown district in Buffalo, New York. El Buen Amigo offers our customers fair trade arts, crafts, clothing and coffee direct from artisans and farmers in Latin America. We obtain beautiful handcrafted items from artisans in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and other nations for fair prices. In this way, we help provide impoverished individuals from developing countries with a living income and the opportunity to maintain a sustainable lifestyle for them and their families. It is also our mission to showcase to the North American public the beauty and the value of the Latino culture, which has overcome the greatest tests of slavery, poverty, war, and segregation.