Last summer we had some young American students visit the weaving communities that we work with, we encourage these kinds of trips to try and spread awareness of the beautiful work the women are doing in these isolated places and their difficulty to make sufficient income from their work to allow them to continue. Two students from this group later contacted us to ask if they could sell some weavings on our behalf in their schools fair trade sale. The girls has this to say about the sale:
'Overall the sale itself was pretty successful, but overall I think the real blessing was being able to educate the girls at our school about Threads of Peru and Fair Trade. We were able to make a few presentations leading up to the sale. We also applied for a money from the funds that our school collects for dress-down days (when we are allowed to wear blue jeans or sweatpants if we donate a dollar). We're very excited to donate all of the money back to Threads of Peru. The bracelets especially sold quickly, and we would love to sell them again next year.'
A shot of the fair trade market at the girls' school
Our products on the table
Here at Threads of Peru we would like to thank Amelia Visnauskas & Maddy Masaryk from Hathaway Brown School for their hard work in helping to sell the items and for raising awareness in their school!