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Guatemalan Handwoven Bag Dispenser

Item # 33983
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Clean up that kitchen clutter by getting recycled plastic bags off your counter tops and out from under your cupboards with a colorful, hanging bag dispenser. These hand-woven bags are not only beautiful, but they have beautiful origins.

Handmade in Guatemala and made available to us through the UPAVIM program, "United for a Better Life" (Unidos Para Una Vida Mejor). UPAVIM is a crafts marketing program providing funds for a children's clinic and other health and education projects in La Esperanza, a poverty-stricken area on the outskirts of Guatemala City.

Please choose from Red and Blue. Bag measures about 23" L (58.42 cm) x 8.5" W (21.6). Handmade in and fairly traded from Guatemala.

Created to help women worldwide gain economic security for themselves and their families by earning fair wages for their handiwork, Global Girlfriend sources women-made, fair-trade imported, eco-friendly products. By supporting long-term partnerships with the artisans, it fosters equal employment opportunities, healthy and safe working conditions, technical assistance, and development strategies to help reduce poverty, one community at a time. Become a "Global Girlfriend" and help build a brighter future for girlfriends around the globe!

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Artisan: UPAVIM: Women Artisans in Guatemala City

Artisan UPAVIM: Women Artisans in Guatemala City

In the 1980s, the community of La Esperanza (Hope) sprang up to the south of Guatemala City as the result of massive population displacement during Guatemala's 42-year civil war. Today, La Esperanza and the neighboring settlements of Mezquital, Villa Lobos I, Villa Lobos II, El Bucaro and La Jolla are home to hundreds of thousands of people who live largely without basic services. Work in these communities is hard to find, and the typical monthly income is far under the poverty line.

The women of UPAVIM (Unidas Para Vivir Mejor -- United to Live Better) have been working since 1988 to improve the quality of life for families in these communities through selling handicrafts at fair trade prices. The 60+ women creating these crafts are all mothers and homemakers. Some are widows, and many are the sole economic providers for their children. Through involvement with UPAVIM, these women are able to advance towards their goals, which they state as "Education, health care, employment opportunities, and personal development of women."

"Thanks to the hands-on, peer tutoring approach, the contrast between our school and the two primary schools in the neighborhood is dramatic." ~ UPAVIM's website

The same building where the women work houses a Montessori school for their children, the Center for Alternative Learning, enabling the children to attend classes through the 5th grade while their mothers are just a few rooms away. In addition, UPAVIM is able to sustain a daycare for younger children, a dental clinic, Healthy Babies growth monitoring, a medical clinic and pharmacy, a tutoring center, and scholarships to help children of the community attend primary or secondary schools. These programs provide services to thousands of people in La Esperanza and other nearby communities. Some programs are free and the rest charge a low price. These programs are supported by craft sales and other income generating projects as well as international donations and grants.

As a past UPAVIM holiday newsletter states: "Giving women the opportunity to learn and succeed is one of the basic principles that UPAVIM has worked toward since their beginning in 1988. Also, many of the original UPAVIM members now have daughters in the cooperative, and thanks to their mothers' work opportunities they are now attending high schools and universities, and graduating with professional degrees!"

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