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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27 Nov
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Thank you!

We are so thankful to all of our supporters. Donors, Customers, Volunteers, Employees, Friends and Family – without your support we could not continue to support our community. From our families to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

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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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11 Aug
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Dear Friends and Family

Mary Joan Ferrara Marsland is our US Director of Marketing and Distribution for UPAVIM Crafts as well as a member of the UPAVIM Community Development Foundation Board.  Dear Friends and Family, Hope you are having a good summer! As many of you know I have worked for UPAVIM Crafts for over 16 years now but […]

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06 Aug
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Meet the Artisans – America

UPAVIM is more than just a place to come and work, it is a giant family of women who constantly love and support each other.

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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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10 Dec
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The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 4

The 12 Days of Christmas have arrived!! On the fourth day of Christmas, UPAVIM gives to you, 15% Kids’ Toys!!!! *retail orders only! valid only on 12/10/2013, while supplies last. Use code DAY4 at checkout.

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09 Dec
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Fair Trade Your Christmas

We know you are searching high and low to find the perfect stocking stuffers for everyone in your life this holiday season. Well, look no farther! From your kids to your pets, from your crazy Aunt Sally to the office Secret Santa, we have a gift for everyone on your list. Start shopping today at: […]

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