Annual Fair Trade Holiday Sale for Guatemala

Annual Fair Trade Holiday Sale for Guatemala

Thursday, December 11, 2014
11: 00 am to 7:00 pm
Fleck Atrium (Ground Floor)
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
105 St. George Street (south of Bloor, across from Innis College)
(note – this year we’ll be in the south building of the Rotman School near The Exchange Café.)
Subway –St. George Station

Featuring: Guatemalan weaving from Asociación Maya de Desarrollo, Solola, Guatemala; Fair trade coffee from the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA), Guatemala; and jewelry from Casa Milagro, Guatemala plus other surprises!

For more information: Ken McGuffin, mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca

Proceeds from the weaving, coffee, and jewelry sales will be directed to the cooperatives and organizations which produce the items. Additional donations for the El Triunfo Education Project which provides an affordable middle and high school education for the sons and daughters of weavers from Asociacion Maya are gratefully accepted.

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 180 weavers in the mountains of Sololá

*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

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