Posts Tagged ‘jewelry’

Hand Beaded Bracelets And Fair Trade

February 15, 2011

Have you seen the new bracelets that we have online? They are really pretty– but the most important fact is that the woman artisan who made these bracelets received fair wages which helps her to feed her family and educate her children!

Pink and amethyst handbeaded bracelet

Fair Trade Hand Beaded Bracelet

Every purchase you make helps the women even more because of added benefits to their families.  Education And More not only gives fair wages but also gives the artisan groups benefits such as interest free micro credit loans, cash advances and purchasing materials in advance, helping women develop and improve skills in their handcraft business and so much more.

Read more about Fair Trade on our website.

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Chic and Stylish!

December 30, 2010

Stunning and chic!

A gorgeous bib style beaded necklace! Not only for prom or weddings but can be worn with many styles of casual clothes. Choose from turquoise, gold, pastel and amethyst!

Many styles of  intricately beaded necklaces to choose from made by Mujeres Ixkoq’a

Check them out in our webstore here  !

 

Mujeres Artesanas Ixkoq’a is a group of 26 Kakchiquel speaking Mayan women who live in the western highlands of Guatemala. They make traditional backstrap weavings but also have mastered the art of making beautiful beaded jewelry and beaded handcrafts. There are many widowed women and single mothers in this artisan group and they use their earnings to support their children. The Fair Trade wages and other support that Education And More gives helps them send their children to school.

Mujeres Ixkoq'a

So many colors I just can’t choose!

February 1, 2010

So many colors I can’t choose which to wear today!  One of our most popular necklaces — some with pendants and others are just the necklace.  Colors include: amethyst, blue, turquoise, peach, cream, gold, gunmetal iridescent gray, black and green.

These are our  most popular beaded necklaces because it goes well with everything! They are  made by the  artisan group from El Tablon, many of whom are widows or single mothers–your purchase of this Fair Trade necklace gives huge benefits to these women. 10 strand beaded necklace is approx 21″ long.

Check out our website for more information and ordering!  You know you need at least one color and think of the impoverished women who will be helped by your purchase!    You can also see all of our necklaces on our World Of Good listings.

What’s Your Favorite Artisan Handcraft?

June 22, 2009

We love working with the Women’s Artisan groups in developing new handcrafts and jewelry!  They are really creative and talented!  We have several new handcrafts that we will be premiering this fall and are looking forward to more new handcraft items and designs for early next year.

It can take 6 – 18 months for us to get new designs and ideas into production with our artisan groups.  The many steps include:  approval of new handcraft idea,  final design work, sample made by artisan group,  sample approved or sent back for reworking,  production begins, shipment to the U.S.

So, we are always looking for input into our variety of  handcrafts and today we would like to ask a favor.   We are giving away a handcrafted necklace in a drawing among all who answer this question:

Which of our handcrafts is your favorite and why?

Our Artisan Groups handcrafts are featured on our website at:

Education And More

and also at:   World of Good

So look over our handcrafts and answer the question above then post your comment here and you will be eligible to win a free artisan handcrafted necklace shown below.

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If you prefer to email your ideas and comments please send to:

moreinfo@educationandmore.org

We look forward to hearing from you!  Drawing will be in July!

Fair Trade Lanyard /Badge Holder

March 10, 2009

Are you a conference or convention organizer? Interested in providing Fair Trade products when possible at your conference?

Education And More has the answer —— a beautiful lanyard, badge holder for women.  It is a necklace and badge holder in one.

A new item that the group Mujeres Artesanas Analizadoras is making for us are these  beautiful, beaded lanyards or sometimes called  badge holders.  These lanyards were designed by Julia Yaxon and are just exquisite!

Artisan designed beaded lanyard

Fair Trade Beaded Lanyard / Badge HolderGuatemalan handcraft - beaded lanyard - badge holder

Is your women’s organization hosting a convention or conference?   These badge holders can make an ethical  statement that you are willing to treat your neighbors around the world with justice!   When you purchase these lanyards, instead of typical ones, the conference women will receive a beautiful remembrance of the convention.  They can be worn as a badge holder or when you remove it you  have a stunning necklace!

We have worked with Mujeres Artesanas near Solola, Guatemala for over a year  to help them with their business and sell their artisan handcrafts.  We work with them under Fair Trade Guidelines and not only pay a fair wage for their work but also help them in many other aspects of their business.  They recently received a grant from Education and More to improve their business.  We purchase or give advance credit to purchase beads in advance since they are unable to purchase sufficient quantities of beads for our orders.  Fair Trade gives a variety of benefits to the artisan!

Fair Trade badge holders for your group can be purchased in quantity at reduced prices.  Please check our website  for more information about the lanyards and then email us for wholesale pricing.  Whether you need 1 badge holder,  50 or 500 we can help you with a beautiful Fair Trade artisan crafted badge holder lanyard!

Mujeres Analizadoras

January 28, 2009

Today was the presentation of a grant to Mujeres Analizadoras so we met with nearly the entire group in their workplace. Julia is the president of the group.  Fifteen of the women were present and they were all excited to receive the grant of $250 to benefit their business. Grant applicants were required to fill out a 3 page application and one question they answered was ´how will you use the grant money if you are selected?´  Mujeres Analizadoras will use it as a revolving fund to help them buy materials more economically -at a wholesale price.  Eventually they will use some of the grant to help 4 more women join the group  and earn an income by teaching them the weaving and beading.

To get to their little workshop which is part of Julia´s house, you get off the chicken bus on the highway and walk down a narrow path through the cornstalks for about 1/8  mile and there is a small community of homes and also Julia´s house. In the rainy season it is a difficult trek because the ground is a slippery lot of mud.  So much of their daily lives  are difficult and strenuous and it is dificult to put into perspective for us from the U.S.

Judy, a volunteer with Education And More had brought a large amount of sewing supplies which was a gift from the women at her church in Portland Oregon.  The gift included scissors, needles, thimbles, embroidery thread, yarn, etc and the women´s group were thrilled.  They were extremely grateful and appreciative for the grant money and the sewing supplies. They presented Judy and I with a small token of their appreciation which was a hand woven, hand made purse.

Education And More purchases jewelry for Mujeres Analizadoras and they make some beautiful, high quality pieces.  We take a sample of what we want and they craft it, keeping track of the time it takes to make it and what the cost of materials are for each piece.  We purchase the materials for the products in advace for them because typically they can´t afford to buy materials themselves.  This is one of the guidelines of Fair Trade — giving advance credit or purchase of materials in advance when needed.

The group does quality checks on their work but in  checking our order this time we found some problems and ask them to correct them and work on their quality checks.  A new product we are working with them on is tortilla baskets. They are doing wonderful designs in several  styles of baskets  and we will have them available soon.  They collect the natural reeds, dry them then weave the baskets.

Many of the women of Mujeres Analizadoras are widows or their husbands have just left them  so they are trying to support their family by themsleves. It is very gratifying to work with and help this  group of women who are such hard workers and it is also very rewarding to watch this group grow and develop their business and we look forward to a close relationship with them for years to come.