Posts Tagged ‘Solola’

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!

Solola Market Day

January 19, 2009

Today we took time to visit the local market in Solola — a true contradiction to the high rises and modern stores in Guatemala City.  The local Mayans from the rural areas around Solola come to market  either to buy or sell goods– everything from tables of fresh meat, veggies and fruit to all types of housewares and clothes to new baby chickens, pigs and more.  Everything is set up in the streets around the central plaza and is a scene of mass confusion to visitors.  To make your way through the throngs of people it is best to follow close behind a local, hang tight to your purse or bags and keep moving.  The Solola market is similar to markets around the world and  I think of it as a large mall where you go to buy your weekly goods and meet and visit with friends and neighbors. Like years ago when farmers all came into town on Saturday to do their shopping.

Most women dress in the traditional Mayan clothes of a corte and huipil — beautifully woven and bright and colorful. Typically, older men still wear traditional dress of heavily embroidered white pants and a colorfully patterned woven shirt.  Many younger men wear jeans and tshirts. The very poor men don’t wear the traditional Mayan dress because of the cost.  They usually obtain used clothing which often comes from relief organizations.

We’ll have many photos on the blog soon.  This was such a fascinating display of sight, sounds and smells and had more people than many markets I have visited!