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  • In the Voice of MayaWorks Artisan Partners

    Posted on March 14, 2013 by jeannie

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  • MayaWorks Presents: Our First Video!

    Posted on March 11, 2013 by stacey

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  • Third Principle of Fair Trade: Build Capacity

    Posted on October 12, 2012 by jeannie

    The third principle of fair trade is to build capacity for producers or artisan partners.  By building capacity, we seek to foster independence within producer groups so that they can expand their skills and gain access to markets.  This is achieved through long-term relationships that are characterized by trust and mutual respect and a commitment to [...]

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  • Join MayaWorks on the FTJ Trip to Guatemala!

    Posted on October 11, 2012 by stacey

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  • Fashion Meets Function

    Posted on October 9, 2012 by jeannie

    At MayaWorks we like to think our products are not only beautiful but functional too.  Take for instance our Guatemalan Recycled Water Bottle Holder.  It's made from recycled huipiles which are the hand woven blouses worn by indigenous women throughout the highlands of Guatemala.  Each town boasts its distinct style and every huipil tells a [...]

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  • Second Principle of Fair Trade: Transparency

    Posted on October 8, 2012 by jeannie

    During Fair Trade month MayaWorks will examine the principles of fair trade and how it holds true to these tenets. This week we examine transparency and accountability in fair trade.
    Fair Trade involves relationships with producer groups that are "open, fair, consistent, and respectful".  Information is shared about the trading chain through ongoing, timely and honest [...]

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  • Look Super Stylish in MayaWorks Brocade Headbands

    Posted on October 5, 2012 by jeannie

    MayaWorks' brocade headbands are woven with 100% cotton threads on a treadle foot loom to create the beautiful artisan-inspired brocade design.  The headband holds hair back with no slipping and is so pretty it will be the statement piece of any outfit.  The brocade headband comes in lime green, slate gray and blue/brown shown here [...]

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  • Mixed Metals Perfect for the Holiday Season

    Posted on October 4, 2012 by jeannie

    MayaWorks Multi-Strand Necklace in mixed metals is a great piece to add flare to any wardrobe.  Made of Czech glass beads in silver and gold tones, it looks sharp with any outfit.  It can be dressed up with heels for an evening out or donned with a sweater and jeans for  casual weekend attire.
    The purchase [...]

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  • Fair Trade Principle #1: Create Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers

    Posted on October 3, 2012 by jeannie

    MayaWorks works with over 125 low income indigenous women in the central highlands of Guatemala. 70% are from extremely poor and remote hamlets of the Chimaltenango and Sololá areas.
    MayaWorks artisans tend to marry very young and, on average, have six children.  Many are single mothers working to support large families on their own.  Most have [...]

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  • Looking Good and Doing Right

    Posted on October 2, 2012 by jeannie

    There is no better place to make a statement about the power of fair trade than in the fashion world.  Let's face it:  We all want to look good!  If we can look stylish and make a positive difference in the life of an artisan, then it makes us feel good too.  The models you [...]

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