6th Annual Fair Trade Holiday Sale

Dear friends, I’m hosting my annual holiday sale at my office early next month. This started as an open house at my apartment but quickly outgrew my tiny place (which if you’ve been there, you understand!) In recent years my colleagues at the Rotman School were gracious enough to offer space to me. I hope to see you there.

Ken

Monday, December 6, 2010
10am to 6:30pm
Fleck Atrium, Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto, 105 St. George Street
Featuring: Guatemalan weaving from Asociación Maya de Desarrollo, Solola, Guatemala;
Fair trade PLUS coffee from the El Paraíso Co-operative of the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA), Guatemala.

BACKGROUND:

*Asociación Maya de Desarrollo is a weavers’ co-operative committed to preserving the ancient art of backstrap weaving. Inspired by nature’s palette, the weavers are hand-dyeing rayon chenille, bamboo and cotton yarns. They are creating unique pieces of wearable art by combining the innovative use of fibres and traditional Mayan designs. Organizing themselves together since 1987, its members are cultivating leadership roles for Mayan women and building a better life for themselves and their communities. There is a now a thread of hope and economic opportunity for over 200 weavers in the mountains of Sololá, Guatemala.

 *Café Justicia is Fair Trade PLUS, shade-grown, organic coffee produced on the volcanic slopes surrounding Lake Atiltán in the Guatemalan highlands. The coffee is produced by campesinos on the El Paraíso Co-operative of the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA). The CCDA is an organization founded in 1982 and mandated to peacefully defend the rights of workers on large coffee, sugar and cotton plantations in Guatemala; recover lands stolen from the Mayan communities over the past century; promote organic and traditional Mayan agriculture, and protect the cultural rights of Guatemala’s Mayan majority.

 Proceeds from the weaving and coffee sales will be directed to the El Triunfo Education Project which provides an affordable education for the sons and daughters of weavers from Asociacion Maya through the establishment of a middle school in the village of El Triunfo, Guatemala. For more information or how to make a tax deductable donation to the project, please visit https://guatemalaschool.wordpress.com

 BOOK SALE TOO! – on Dec 6th from 11:30 to 2:00 the Rotman events team will also have table with new books for sale by some of the authors who have spoken at the School over the last twelve months. Many of the books are autographed by authors such as Malcolm Gladwell, Roger Martin, Issy Sharp and Michael Porter and will be sold at a discounted rate. These books make great gifts. The net proceeds from all books sold will be invested in the Rotman School’s activities.

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