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10/30/2012

Improving life for handicraft artisans

With the help of a global development organization called Counterpart International, some of the one million Guatemalan women whose livelihood is based on making handcrafts are getting a better deal. Some of their handcrafts ended up recently at the International Gift Fair in New York City. This video struck a chord with me. When I worked for The Miami Herald in the 1990s, I once went up to the devastated Ixil Triangle of Guatemala to do a story on women contracted by a major U.S. designer (I can't remember which one now) to knit sweaters that would be sold on Fifth Avenue. The Ixil Triangle was ground zero in the Guatemalan army's scorched earth campaign against leftist rebels in the early 1980s.

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John Troidl

VERY interesting article... these cultural pieces (both the journalism and the artisan goods) are real gems!

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