30 Dec
  • By Theresa DeSouza
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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 in the project.

Following this successful project, UPAVIM and Istmo University embarked  on another joint initiative, designing a new kitchen line. The team consisted of Luciana, UPAVIM’s volunteer, Mayra, one of UPAVIM’s talented seamstresses and Ericka, a dedicated and enthusiastic student.

Mayra, an UPAVIM seamstress and designer, Paula, a new designer we are working with, and Luciana, volunteer marketing consultant.

The US warehouse was busy packing orders all year long, with the busiest time in the months leading up to the Christmas holiday.  With a staff of just four, along with several volunteers, our warehouse in Maryland supplies fair trade products to retail partners and customers across the US and around the world.

It was also a busy year for our consignment program. Kathleen sent out 75 consignment sales (60 were just September-December!) Consignees can choose to keep 15% of sales, but around half choose to donate their portion back to the women of UPAVIM. UCDF (Upavim Community Development Foundation) also hosted two successful sales in partnership with HoCoFoLa (Howard County Friends of Latin America) to raise money for the annex building fund.