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It’s the annual holiday sale for Guatemala!

Join me for this annual sale featuring clothing and accessories from Asociación Maya de Desarrollo, Solola, Guatemala including handwoven scarves, jackets and ponchos; fairly traded coffee from the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA), Guatemala; and jewelry from Casa Milagro, Guatemala.

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Thursday, December 1

11:00 am to 6 pm

Fleck Atrium

Rotman School of Management

105 St. George Street

Toronto

(Just south of St. George Subway station)

For more information: Ken McGuffin, mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca / 416-946-3818

Donations will also be accepted for 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 deductible donation to the project, please visit https://guatemalaschool.wordpress.com

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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

Annual Fair Trade Holiday Sale for Guatemala

It’s my annual Fair Trade Holiday Sale for Guatemala!

Friday, November 29, 2013
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)
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 / 416-946-3818 / https://guatemalaschool.wordpress.com/

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

Asociacion Maya

*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

8th Annual Fair Trade Sale for Guatemala

Annual Fair Trade Holiday Sale for Guatemala
Monday, December 10, 2012
10am 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)
Featuring: Guatemalan weaving from Asociación Maya de Desarrollo, Solola, Guatemala;  Fair trade coffee from the El Paraíso Co-operative of the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA), Guatemala; and jewelry from Casa Milagro, Guatemala.
For more information: Ken McGuffin, mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca / 416-946-3818

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 and a high school in the village of El Triunfo, Guatemala. Details on how to make a tax deductible donation to the project are below.

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,

*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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Tax deductible donations to the school in El Triunfo can be directed to Pueblito Canada. You can donate online at http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=25964(Click on “Donate Now.” Then under “Fund/Designation,” select “El Triunfo School Project.”  Or you can also send a cheque payable to Pueblito Canada to:

 Pueblito Canada
@ The Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2C7
ATTN: El Triunfo School Project

For more information on Pueblito and the other projects they support in Central America, please visit www.pueblito.org.

October Update

October 9, 2012

Dear friends,

For those of us in Canada or for the Canadians living around the world, this past weekend was the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Unlike some of our holiday weekends which simply give us a day off, Thanksgiving provides a time to gather with family and reflect and give thanks for good things that have happened to us over the past year.

Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in Guatemala but I’ve been fortunate enough to celebrate it in the country, even sitting down one year to the traditional turkey dinner. (Thanks Emilie!)  Now that the turkey has come and gone, I’m turning my attention once again to the school in Guatemala. October is the last month of the school year in the country and classes will wrap up at the end of the month. I’m going to make a quick visit to the middle and high school we’ve been supporting in the community of El Triunfo around the last day of classes. I’ll get an update on what’s been going on this year and what is currently planned for the next year. The administrators and teachers have been busy running information sessions for students at schools in near-by communities to encourage them to enroll next year. These sessions will continue for the next few weeks. I’m also anxious to see how the construction project to add another three new classrooms is progressing. In case you missed them, here are the photos from my last trip to Guatemala in July.

Until I started with the school in Guatemala, my primary work with Guatemala was with Asociacion Maya De Desarrollo. This is a women’s weaving cooperative of almost 200 weavers based in El Triunfo. (Many of the sons and daughters of the weavers are attending the school.) Since 1994, I’ve been selling their hand-woven scarves, jackets, purses and other items at various events, festivals and markets in Ontario. Here are some photos taken over the past few years of some of the cooperative’s members.  I’m currently mostly selling at St. Lawrence Market in Toronto on Saturdays. But I’m looking for your help in finding venues for me to sell at during the upcoming holiday period. If you know of an organization, office, group, church, or family who would like to host a sale, please let me know. In addition to the woven goods, I can also come with some fair trade coffee and jewelry from another women’s organization.

And I also still welcome your financial support to the school. Thanks to everyone who made a contribution in lieu of attending the annual edition of Ken’s Guatemala Dance Party.

If you still can contribute, tax deductible donations to the school in El Triunfo can be directed to Pueblito Canada. You can donate online here.  (Click on “Donate Now.” Then under “Fund/Designation,” select “El Triunfo School Project.”  Or you can also send a cheque payable to Pueblito Canada to:

Pueblito Canada
@ The Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2C7
ATTN: El Triunfo School Project

For more information on Pueblito and the other projects they support in Central America, please visit www.pueblito.org.

Hopefully after my visit, I’ll have some more great photos and stories to share with you next month.

Ken

Ken’s Sale for Guatemala

Ken’s Second Annual Driveway Sale

Join me for this annual sale 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; and jewelry from Casa Milagro, Guatemala.

New products are available including a lightweight bamboo scarf perfect for those cool spring evenings and travel/passport bags in a larger format!

Saturday, June 9
8:30 am to 3:00 pm
772 Coxwell Avenue (north of Danforth Avenue and Coxwell subway station)
Toronto

For more information: Ken McGuffin, mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca / 416-946-3818

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 and a high school in the village of El Triunfo, Guatemala. For more information or how to make a tax deductible donation to the project, please visit https://guatemalaschool.wordpress.com

 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.

The products from Asociacion Maya are traditionally woven on backstrap looms.

*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

jewelry project supports a number of initiatives at Casa Milagro