This slideshow is the first in a series of photo documentaries that will share the stories of women participating in our project. (It's better to click on the thumbnails rather than play the slideshow.)
I am excited to announce the launch of a new online shop to sell textile and jewelry products handmade by Kixjo Qusmajaa, our partner organization in Guatemala. The women artisans weave fine textiles over a backstrap loom and string together glass beads into exquisite jewelry.
Tz'utujil artisans are widely recognized for the richness and quality of their work, but they do not have ready access to a market beyond the shores of Lake Atitlán. The Kixjo Artisans asked us to help find a larger marketplace for their goods. Kixjo produced a collection of laptop sleeves, beaded jewelry, and keychains/ornaments for us to market. Ahuyu volunteer Mandy Ojendyk built an online shop in colloboration with the artisans.
Sales generously support the families of the women artisans, and proceeds from the markup are donated to the clean cookstove fund. This exciting new collaboration fuels a virtuous cycle of economic opportunity for the artisans and healthy living conditions for their neighbors.
Please consider purchasing from the Kixjo Artisans' online store -- http://www.etsy.com/shop/KixjoArtisans -- this holiday season! Supply is limited in this trial run, and the shop will appear empty after the featured items sell.