30 Jun
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Itty Bitty Global Gift Shop Opens in Berkeley Springs

Good things comes in small packages, and GREAT things come in ITTY BITTY packages!  The recent move of the UPAVIM Crafts warehouse from Maryland to the spa and art vacation town of Berkeley Springs, WV,  afforded the opportunity for a small retail site … thus the Itty Bitty Global Gift Shop was born. As late […]

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21 Mar
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UPAVIM Crafts is heading for the hills!

We have exciting news to share with you! As spring comes upon us, UPAVIM Crafts will be heading for the hills of West Virginia!! Our US Distribution Center will be moving from Ijamsville, MD to Berkeley Springs, WV.

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14 Mar
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Fair Trade Empowers Women

Source: Fair Trade Winds Fair Trade Winds is a family-run retail store with seven locations across the country. We offer certified fair trade and environmentally sustainable products supporting artisans, farmers, and craftspeople from all over the globe. Facts about Women’s Rights Women bear the responsibility of collecting water for their families, and can spend up […]

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08 Apr
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The question of Volunteers in the Non-Profit Industry

At UPAVIM, we strongly support the use of volunteers in the non-profit industry. We never support the exploitation of workers (paid or unpaid.) Ideally, as our business grows, we will be able to continue to hire more employees and help contribute to the local economy, as well as that of La Esperanza. As members of the Fair Trade Federation, we are vigorously screened for our commitments to Fair Trade.

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13 Mar
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We are a Gold Certified Green America Business!

Did you know in addition to being a member of the Fair Trade Federation, UPAVIM Crafts is also a Gold Certified Green America business? What does that mean, exactly? Green America certifies businesses that are committed to using business as a platform for social change. Since 1982, Green America has evaluated over 8,000 small businesses. […]

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30 Dec
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UPAVIM Crafts end of year update

It has been an exciting year for the Crafts Project. In a partnership with Istmo University in Guatemala City, UPAVIM seamstress Mayra and volunteers Juliana and Luciana worked together to create a 70-page document packed with ready-to-implement product ideas, step-by-step instructions and suppliers list. It was an eye-opening and exciting experience for all those who were involved […]

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25 Nov
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Support #FairTuesday

When is Fair Tuesday? Fair Tuesday is December 2, 2014. Instead of doing your shopping on Black Friday, skip the crowds and wait for Tuesday! What is Fair Tuesday? #FairTuesday is an ethical shopping initiative created in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The goal of #FairTuesday is to inspire conscious consumerism and show […]

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26 Aug
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Global Village, Peroria Heights, IL

As a new feature of our blog, we will be featuring one of our retail partners each month. We encourage you to visit and support our partners in their businesses as their support is vital to the success of UPAVIM Crafts and the organization as a whole! Global Village is a not-for-profit retail store in Peoria Heights, IL. We are all volunteer staff–our board of directors and our shop volunteers.

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21 Aug
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Top 10 Reasons to Shop Fair Trade for Back to School

Some people might think of fair trade as simply a marketing ploy used to sell more products, but we know that when we buy fair trade products from fully committed fair trade organizations, they truly have a positive impact on the people who make them and their families and communities. In case you need a […]

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02 Jan
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Meet Tirsa

This month we introduce you to Tirsa, who is in charge of our shipping area, and also an acting assistant to Angela, Director of Crafts. A very happy and fashionable woman, Tirsa is distinct at UPAVIM and within the wider La Esperanza community. Never to be caught in flat shoes, she teeters her way around […]

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