Clase Azul Tequila
Since 1997, Clase Azul Tequila has been producing fine tequila and mezcal, not to mention the handcrafted ceramic decanters in which their spirits are packaged and sold. While headquartered in San Francisco, its products are made in the mountainous Mexican town of Santa Maria Canchesda, population 1,750. Of the 180 employees who work at this Clase Azul location, about 80% are women who grew up in poverty and without access to basic education. Founder Arturo Lomeli, along with business partner Juan Sanchez, provide them with two meals a day, transportation, day care and school tuition, and in the process have helped to revitalize the local economy.