Ken’s First Ever Drive-Way Sale for Guatemala
Featuring – Guatemalan weaving from Asociación Maya de Desarrollo, Solola, Guatemala; Fair trade PLUS coffee from the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA), Guatemala; and jewelry from Casa Milagro, Guatemala.Saturday, August 27 8:30 am to 3 pm 772 Coxwell Avenue Toronto Three blocks north of Danforth Avenue and the Coxwell subway stop
Please join me on Saturday for my first-ever drive-way sale for Guatemala. Buskerfest has moved me from my regular spot at St. Lawrence Market but I’m taking things into the drive-way instead. Check out new items I recently returned from Guatemala with including traditional placemats and handwoven scarves plus jewelry from Casa Milagro – a project which helps women and children in the community of Santa Cruz, Guatemala.
For more information send a note to mcguffin at rotman.utoronto.ca. I hope to see you Saturday. Ken
*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.
*Casa Milagro is an organization supporting the financial, health, and educational needs of mothers and their families in the indigenous village of Santa Cruz on the shores of Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala. The organization’s jewelry project provides an income to women with few other economic opportunities to provide for their families.
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.