Guatemala, meaning a land of trees, has rugged terrain consisting mainly of forests and mountains. Making it difficult for the rural people to transport, farm, and really thrive in farming or business. Empowering these rural people is a basic first step in ending poverty in many underdeveloped countries. The landscape is filled with the many ruins from the Maya civilization, which makes up the majority
Ecuador, meaning equator in Spanish, is located in South America bordering the Pacific Ocean and has a diverse landscape. The majestic Andes mountains running North and South, the coastal region lying in the West, and parts of the Amazon flowing through rain forests in the eastern part. Most of the materials that make up the products in your Box of Blessings are taken from the country,
December with all the lights, parties, gifts, shopping, and family times. It’s a grand, festive time of year for most of us in America. Imagine not having the means to share gifts, food, and hope with your family. International Blessings’ vision is for impoverished countries, to bring hope and change to men and women whose lives are poverty stricken. I realize I am so rich
After a week of feeling sick and under the weather with extra stresses at work, I grabbed my brown slip of paper from the mailman, informing me there was a box waiting for me at the post office, and drove to pick up my anticipated Box of Blessings. I was not disappointed at the colors and smells I encountered as I unwrapped the unique items
I am so excited for October’s Box of Blessings, because it features products from Haiti. Our Haiti trip was filled with so many stories and experiences that are still fresh in my mind. It makes your purchase of this box more personal as I imagine the faces of artisans, thanking us for purchasing their products, which is sustaining them and their families with regular, fair
I am so excited to share about our Haiti Artisan Trip! We first planned to go in August, but due to a delayed passport the dates were moved to September 15th – 24th. Goals for the trip were to visit an artisan group, 2nd Story Goods, which we were already buying from, as well as meet new artisan groups, hear their stories, and purchase products.
This was one of my favorite boxes so far! The earrings are made out of tagua, which is also known as vegetable ivory. The tagua nut grows in tropical rainforests in Northern South America. The tagua is sliced, dyed, and then accented with acai seeds. The earrings in this box were a blue color, but they are also available in an array of other colors
April’s Box of Blessings featured 4 products from Sanyork Fair Trade. Sanyork is located in one of the poorest suburbs of Lima, Peru. The artisan workshop in San Juan de Lurigancho is surrounded by large factories and hillside slums. Sanyork has owned and operated its own production facility and worked hard to keep their 66 artisan families working permanently over 15 years. They are dedicated