Posts Tagged ‘Queche’

Helping Those Less Fortunate

May 10, 2012

Are you curious about our projects in Guatemala?  We have several projects and many ways in which you can help  those that are less fortunate than you.

Our new projects are:

Sweaters, Socks and Bibles project –  We are raising funds to purchase new sweaters, socks and Bibles for each of our artisan groups.  Many of the women have only one sweater to wear when it is cold and that sweater is usually very ragged.  We want to purchase new sweaters for all  90 women artisans that are in our groups.  The children wear socks if they have any but usually they do not own any or maybe have one pair, so we want to provide the children of our artisans with new socks — that is 129 children!   Our artisans speak 3 different Mayan languages – 1 group speaks Queche, 3 groups speak Kakchiquel and 2 groups speak T’zutujil – with very few of the artisans speaking  Spanish and on top of these language barriers most of the women are illiterate.  We want to provide the Bible in audio format in their own language and in Spanish so they will have it to listen to in their homes.  We need funds to help with this — won’t you help?

Vacation Bible School project – We are raising funds to have VBS programs for the children at each of our groups.  We will need VBS materials, craft projects materials, Bibles, translators, mission teams  plus much more to make this a continuing effort in the coming years. We would love to have two programs each year with each artisan group. These VBS programs will help the children learn about Jesus and His love for them and will also provide materials for them to practice their reading and writing.  Most children do not have books to read or other materials to learn skills necessary to improve their education and we hope to be able to provide some help through VBS classes.   We need funds to help with this — won’t you help?

Sewing Centers – We have identified another of our artisan groups that need our help with a sewing center.  We hope to provide a new building for a sewing center along with sewing classes for this group in the coming year.  This group was devastated with a tropical storm a couple of years ago and lost nearly all of their homes, their workshop, their looms — nearly everything.  We need funds to help with this — won’t you help?

Our ongoing projects in which we need help —

Fair Trade Handcraft Sales / Bazaars –  Now you can help the artisans in our Fair Trade women’s groups by volunteering to sell their Fair Trade handcrafts. Hosting a Fair Trade sale/ bazaar at your church, office, community center or in your home can benefit the women because every sale improves their lives by giving them more income to help support their families.  Email us for more information through our website contact page.

School Supplies project – If your group would like to collect basic school supplies for the students,we will distribute them to the children of our artisan groups.  It costs several thousand dollars to purchase needed school supplies for all the children.  Many of these children cannot go to school because of a lack of school supplies.  Also please consider donating used or new laptop computers to Education And More. We want to supply the older students in our Sponsorship program with a computer so they can benefit from technology as they continue their education.

Fundraising Project – Looking for ways to raise money for a youth trip or for your women’s programs?  We have several different fundraisers available to help you raise money and at the same time help artisans in Guatemala support their families. Hacky sack balls, ID Badgeholders, Friendship bracelets, Beaded bracelets and Neck Scarves — are a few of the fundraisers available for you to help your group and help families in Guatemala. Email us for more information.

Educational Support project – In addition to our Sponsorship Program, Education And More   helps many students attend school by providing their school supplies, backpacks and often by giving new school shoes and clothing and school fees.  Many of the children in Guatemala need this help or they are unable to attend school.  Please consider donating to our Educational Support project so that we can help even more children or get your Sunday School group or your women’s group involved in raising funds for the students.

Student needing help with school expenses.

Padres Won’t Wear Them!

March 2, 2012

Quality control is very important and takes a lot of time for the artisan groups to finally understand what level of quality we need in order for their products to be sold in the world market. In the last year we started working with a new group and they are learning to make clergy stoles to our specifications. In the first review of their newly woven Pastor stoles we found the quality was not up to our standards and we explained to them again the need for exceptional quality in their weaving.

Reviewing products with the artisans.

These women mostly speak only Queche and during the translation into Queche,  the translator explained to them the problem with the stoles and to make things a little clearer he said to them: ‘The Padres in the churches won’t wear them because the quality is not the best you can do.’

This they understood and said they would work hard on  new ones to make sure they are much better. Sometimes it takes a simple explanation to make everything become clearer and our Queche translator did just that with his explanation!

These artisans do incredibly beautiful embroidery on their weavings.


We will have the new Clergy stoles available in our webstore in a few months -- when the quality is excellent!


Be sure to check out all our Fair Trade

handcrafts in our webstore!

Forming Relationships With Fair Trade

January 25, 2012

We recently met with our new group in the Chichicastengo area —  to see the products that they finished weaving from the first order we gave them.  It takes many orders and visits and forming a close relationship of trust and friendship in order to really help a group.

This is the first visit where the women were finally a little more relaxed and talked more about the products they had made and about the new order they received.  We spent considerable time talking about the need for quality and explaining that we will be unable to sell their textiles for them without a very high quality of  weaving and perfect embroidery. Some of the items were not acceptable and will need to be reworked but others were excellent quality so we are very pleased with our visit to these ladies.

With each new group it takes time to get the orders right and the quality excellent but it is so rewarding to see the women have more dignity and pride that people around the world like and will buy their textiles. We look forward to many more years in working with the ladies in this group!  Just wish I knew the Queche language!

Queche Artisans Needs Our Help

May 2, 2011

Chuchipaca is a small community in the Queche area of Guatemala and we are in the beginning stages of talking with this  group of widows that need help to be able to sell their weavings. Their homes are so far out in the countryside that it is difficult for them to make money by selling their weaving  and usually end up selling to a wholesaler/middleman and receive very little for all their work.

They showed me one type of weaving that they takes nearly a week because it is heavily embroidered.  They sell it to the wholesaler and earn about$7.00 but they had to buy the yarn to weave the piece and the embroidery thread too so are left with very little of profit for a week’s work.  However, this is the only way they have to make money so they keep doing it.

Education And More will

It will take quite a bit of time to develop a working relationship with these women because of illiteracy and the language barrier but they really need our help to make fair wages to be able to live and help their families.

When we see women that need our help so badly it is so easy to say yes we will help our neighbors and we will work to give them dignity and hope in the future.  Thank you so much to all our supporters and volunteers for helping us to help women in Guatemala!