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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Monna Ray

    Posted on June 15, 2011 by stacey

    Monna (bottom right-hand corner) in Guatemala
    Written by: Mary Beth Danielson
    Someday someone is going to produce a TV series about volunteers -- because volunteers have rich, humorous, adventurous, and interesting lives.
    Like Monna Ray.  Monna has been volunteering for MayaWorks since 2002, the year she went to Guatemala on a MW Tour.
    I was there [...]

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  • Artisans Create New Fair Trade Designs for 2011 Collection

    Posted on May 27, 2011 by stacey

    In March, MayaWorks Guatemala received a grant to work with Dutch designer Marjolein Keijsper on a new collecion for 2011.  The grant was made possible through the Comisión de Artesanías (Artisan Comission of Agexport) in partner with ICCO (Interchurch Organisation for Development).  This is the first design project completely supervised and managed by our Guatemalan staff members [...]

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  • MayaWorks Journey Reflection

    Posted on May 24, 2011 by stacey

    Life-long memories are created on the MayaWorks Tour to Guatemala. Sherri Masson shares her experience.

    Sherri, middle, at the Peace Park in Santiago, Atitlan. Photo by Sandi Potter.
    Familiar Delight

    Through the window of the bus
    a man stoops under the weight
    of firewood strapped to his head -
    he carries the bundle
    with the strength of his neck.
    A sharp curve in [...]

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  • Looking for a Fundraising Opportunity for your School?

    Posted on April 15, 2011 by stacey

    MayaWorks offers your school a fundraising program that helps you meet your financial goals so that you can spend your time on the important thing: educating students.
    MayaWorks has an easy, socially responsible fundraising program that can be integrated into the religion, social sciences, geography and service learning curricula.  Our fundraising program is valuable because it:

    Teaches the school [...]

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  • Mayan Weavers -- Unraveling the Threads of the Global Economy

    Posted on April 4, 2011 by stacey

    The article below was written by MayaWorks volunteer and former board member, Mary Beth Danielson, in 2004 for Hispanic week in her local paper in Racine, WI.
    "I can stay in my house and village.  My children can go to school.  We have enough to eat now.  We can live without being worried every minute." -- Testimony [...]

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  • The Crisis of Cotton: How Fair Trade Responds to Rising Costs

    Posted on March 10, 2011 by stacey


    Artisan Lila preparing cotton thread for her loom.
    If you haven't heard already, you will soon feel it in your wallet. Rising cotton prices due to a global cotton scarcity, as well as the rise in production and labor costs are affecting the worldwide textile industry. In the last year, the world witnessed devastating natural disasters [...]

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  • MayaWorks Artisan Profile: Lili Carmen Osario from the Tzanjuyu Group

    Posted on March 7, 2011 by stacey

    Lili Carmen Osario was born on February 11, 1975 and is 35 years old. She lives in the town of Comalapa, within the department of Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Lili has 3 children: 2 boys and 1 girl. Her 14 year old daughter, Veronica, is a MayaWorks scholarship student and has inherited her mother's weaving ability. She [...]

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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Ellen Billman

    Posted on February 17, 2011 by stacey

    Ellen Billman is from Racine, Wisconsin.  For the past several years she has been supporting MayaWorks by not only purchasing products (you will be shocked to read how many Denim Shoulder Bags she has owned) but also through helping at sales in Racine (The "Racine MayaWorks Crew" did close to $5,000 in sales this past [...]

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  • MayaWorks New Exclusive Home Collection

    Posted on January 28, 2011 by stacey

    Duvet Cover
    MayaWorks is excited to introduce to you our New Exclusive Home Collection designed by local Chicago designer Sarah Katharine Green. 

    Decorative Pillow Covers
    The new fair trade collection offers sophisticated, modern pieces for the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. Green, along with MayaWorks U.S. and Guatemalan staff worked with artisans to create these beautiful products. A collaboration [...]

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  • In Memory of Trudis Heinecke, Longtime MayaWorks Supporter and Friend

    Posted on January 21, 2011 by stacey

    Clockwise from left: Chris Grumm, Trudy Heinecke, Faith Ashton, Kathleen Morkert
    January 2011
    It is with sadness that we inform you that a very great friend of MayaWorks has passed away.
    In the early hours of January 4, MayaWorks board member Trudy Heinecke, attended by friends and family, died of cancer in San Francisco, California. 
    Trudy first encountered MayaWorks on [...]

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