Published on October 27, 2014
Handmade in Guatemala — Women Helping Women Especially for breast cancer awareness events and fundraising Sharing the Dream in Guatemala is a non - profit organization that promotes fair trade with cooperatives and small businesses in the Central American country of Guatemala. Sharing the Dream is committed to providing fair wages and employment opportunities to low - income artisans and to creating sustainable markets for their products. The artisans we work with use traditional Mayan techniques to create handmade crafts that are sold throughout the world. Profits from the sale of these items return to Guatemala to support educational scholar- ships, an elder center, and community projects. Working with a fair trade organization means the women who make the jewelry, scarves, and other items on these pages are justly compensated for their work. They don’t receive charity, but negotiate a fair wage that allows them to support their families and build sustainable businesses in their community. In one of the poor- est countries in the world, these businesses are a crucial part of helping individuals and families emerge from poverty. Sharing the Dream maintains personal relationships with these artisans and small businesses. The women who created these breast cancer awareness items are proud to know their handmade scarves and jewelry are benefit- ting women who are battling cancer. “Sharing the Dream is a fantasc organizaon and were so great to work with. It was truly a win - win for our local non - prot to purchase scarves for our breast cancer survivors. The women in Guatemala benet- ed from the order and the women in our local community were touched that each scarf was blessed for connued good health by the women who made them. The scarves were high quality and beauful and we were so happy to work with Sharing the Dream!” Mary Kolsrud, Execuve Director, Susan G. Komen South Dakota "Everyone loved the scarves! All the survivors who received them as gifts were ecstatic. Many put them on immediately and said they were so beautiful and dierent. Thank you!" Birget Flom, 2013 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Chair, Sioux City, Iowa Fair Trade Cooperative Prole: The Elder Center Bead Shop The intricate beaded jewelry in this catalog is the work of the talented artisans at the Elder Center Bead Shop in Santiago, Guatemala. These six women craft these stunning necklac- es and bracelets from glass beads, receiving a wage that provides the ability to support themselves and their families. All beaded jewelry is crafted from glass beads. Every item from Sharing the Dream will include a tag with information about the artisan group that created it!