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We love our pets!

January 6, 2011

We love our pets!

Our artisans in Guatemala hand weave our dog collars and leashes of soft cotton yarns in a variety of colors so your pet can wear a very comfortable collar and be really stylish too!

Holly loves her collar!

Choose a color to show your teams colors………….

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Handwoven by the artisan group, Mujeres Artesanas Ixkoq’a Tzolojya, they use a small backstrap loom which is typically used to weave belts and other straps.

All of the collars are adjustable to fit all size dogs. Check our store to see all the different pet items.

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How Your Fair Trade Purchases Help

May 4, 2009

With every purchase of our Fair Trade handcrafts the artisan receives help to support their family.!  Because of the amount of handcraft sales this past year,  we gave grants of $250 to our 4 artisan groups to help them expand and grow their business.  They all filled out an application and had to explain in the application how the money would be used if they were selected.Mujeres Analizadoras

One of our groups is Asociacion Mujeres Artesanas Ixkoqa Tzolojya Analizadoras, located near Solola, Guatemala.  There are 26 women in this artisan group; most are single mothers with 35 children among them.   They are a democratically run association and elect a president every two years with all decisions made democratically amoung the entire group.distributing new supplies

When asked what type of help they would like to receive from Education And More their answer was:

  • more product orders
  • help with purchasing school supplies for their children
  • grant money for materials and technical training
  • equipment for the association
  • a roof for the building

weaving yarn and suppliesWith this grant they received this year they purchased much needed yarn and materials for their handcrafts. These are photos I have just received from them showing some of the new product they were able to purchase.Artisans of Guatemala

So, thanks to all your purchases of their Fair Trade handcrafts this artisan association is growing!yarn

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La Asociacion Ixkoq’a’ — Women’s Artesan Group

May 1, 2009

Today was our meeting with the president, Julia, from the Associacion Ixkoq’a’ near  Solola, Guatemala.  This is a well organized association that works so well together for the benefit of all 27 women in the association.  They make our beautiful jewelry and baskets but also do weaving on foot pedal looms and backstrap looms.  We have several new products they are working on with us to be ready by the end of the year or hopefully  sooner.

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Because of our commitment to follow Fair Trade guidelines this group has benefited with a fair wage in all their work for us — actually a non-poverty wage is paid per hour for all their work.  In addition we have helped the group with tools, sewing supplies and a grant that has helped to develop their group even more. They proudly showed me the new desk they acquired.

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Most of the women in this group are single mothers so it is a great blessing for their families as they try to raise their children themselves.

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All your purchases of jewelry and baskets helps these women and children!

Thank you!

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!

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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!

Artisan Fair Trade Handcrafts

March 2, 2009

We have received many new Fair Trade weavings and artisan handcrafts from our women’s artisan groups in Guatemala and now have them on our website.  Check out the webpages and see all the new listings of Guatemala handcrafts!

Woven on a backstrap loom!
Woven on a backstrap loom!

We have beautiful new blue and cream stripe weavings from Mujeres Artesanas in San Juan La Laguna.  This is really a gorgeous design and available as a table runner, hot pads, napkins or coasters- soon we will have placemats available too. The Guatemalan artisans weave these on backstrap looms and it is incredible to see the skill of the weaver in these weavings.

Hand made baskets

Hand made baskets

These little artisan baskets are

made by the women’s artisan group in El Tablon- Mujeres Analizadoras.  They collect the reeds in the mountains and bring them home to dry before weaving

into a variety of baskets.  We have this basket available now and will have more varieties later in the year.  Use the baskets around the house as a bread basket, tortilla basket, candy dish, to hold keys, etc on the dresser or any number of other ways.  Fill with Fair Trade tea bags or other gifts for a unique Birthday gift basket.  Each basket comes with a handwoven cloth.

Beaded Keychains

Two of our most popular handcrafted beaded keychains are the angels and stars.  They are great little add-on gifts or cute to tie onto the package. Order several to keep on hand for a spur of the moment gift!   Our women’s artisan group near Solola, Guatemala makes our beautiful beaded jewelry and it is a way for them to help support their family.

Remember these are all Fair Trade handcrafts and every purchase gives a great benefit to the artisan and her family in Guatemala.  Education And More guarantees all items on our website are Fair Trade!

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.