|Mom Always Said......|
This is a photo of Craig Wiesner's (my) mother, striking for a living wage, way back in the 1970's. She's the one on the left with the hat. She'd never graduated High School but became a force of nature working in a medical center and being a union rep for her office and as a contract negotiator for an HMO that had thousands of employees. She taught me to stand up for what's right, speak my mind, and believe in the power of community to overcome any challenge.
As Mother's Day approaches I wish she were still with us so that I could tell her how much she's influenced my life and how many lives have been touched by her example and hard work.
Help Us Make A Difference this Mother's Day
In memory of my mother, I'm dedicating this newsletter to the mothers, children, and the entire community of Chajul Guatemala and Limitless Horizons Ixil (LHI), which empowers women to earn a living wage (yay Mom) and send their children to school. Both are key to ending the cycle of poverty and that's what the folks at LHI do SOOOO well. At a time when families are being torn apart I know that my mother would want me to be helping to keep families together, strengthen their communities, and do something to make a long-term difference. That's why we support LHI and YOU CAN TOO! Why feel helpless when you are not? Come in and shop or shop online.
Limitless Horizons Ixil believes that education is the cornerstone of creating a brighter future, both for the individual and for the community. In supporting academic and personal development and cultivating literacy skills, LHI paves the way towards a future of limitless opportunities and broad new horizons for the Ixil community of Chajul.
You can help their work AND get someone you love a beautiful Mother's Day gift by purchasing beautiful scarves, shawls, and jewelry at our shop in San Mateo. You can even order online and we'll ship you gift anywhere in the country.
One size fits all for these luxurious, comfortable, and beautifully made scarves. Each scarf is approximately 5.5 feet long and 9.25 inches wide, including tassels on ends.
Shawls are handwoven in Chajul, Guatemala using the traditional Mayan back-strap loom for weaving.
We have six different color patterns plus a larger shawl size.
They feel wonderful, look beautiful, and are incredibly comfortable. Click here to check out all the scarves.
When our friends from LHI visited our shop one of the women was wearing a stunning necklace and a customer stopped her as she was walking by and asked where she had gotten it. Turns out (of course) that these were also made in Chajul Guatemala. Sold.
One size fits all necklaces are approximately 2.5 feet in diameter and include 4 strands, with beads of various shades and sizes. Available colors include maroon or teal/purple.
Click here to visit our web site or stop by the shop to check out these and other necklaces.
About the Artisans Program:
(From the LHI Web Site) The Limitless Horizons Ixil Artisan Program offers mothers of Youth Development Program scholars, as well as scholars and alumni, the opportunity to create woven and beaded artisan products such as scarves, headbands, bookmarks, and bracelets in exchange for fair wages and professional training. As women are at a particular disadvantage in Chajul, this program serves to provide consistent, fair wage employment to women and girls and help them build valuable artistic, business, and design skills, thereby allowing them to become more self-sufficient and confident in their ability to overcome poverty.
The designs incorporate traditional styles and figures that give the products a true Chajul look. Limitless Horizons Ixil pays the women a fair price for the artisan products, and then sells them internationally to raise funds to support our programs, thus both directly and indirectly returning the proceeds to the community.
Limitless Horizons Ixil’s Artisan Program proudly includes more than 40 artisans, all of whom are indigenous Maya. These artisans live in a region of poverty, but through their artisan sales they are able to earn more than the local average income and invest in their children's education and family's well-being. We are inspired by all our artisans and their dedication to their art as well as their own personal and economic development.
Happy Mother's Day
Let's work together to make this a Happy Mother's Day for any mother in your life, anyone who has been a mother figure in your life, or just buy yourself something special since you deserve a little mothering too! Your purchase transforms lives today and impacts generations to come.
Come in and shop or shop online.
We also have lots of other Mother's Day gifts in our shop, including a wonderful selection of earrings from Blue Hill by Hand, all hand-made from recycled materials, as well as beautiful hand-made cards that benefit people in Africa and the Philippines.
Come in and shop or shop online.
Happy Mother's Day everyone and THANK YOU MOM!