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Asociacion Unidas Para Vivir Mejor

Asociacion Unidas Para Vivir Mejor

Guatemala City, Guatemala
UPAVIM is an acronym for Unidas Para Vivir Mejor, "United For A Better Life." This group of women lives in a squatter community named La Esperanza (Hope) on the outskirts of Guatemala City. In 1989, UPAVIM was organized to offer much needed health and educational services within this community, where many families had fled from Guatemala’s civil war and overpopulation in the capital city. Since then, the organization has grown to include income generation programs, including handicraft training and production, a bakery, a soy product production, medical clinic, pharmacy, medical laboratory, growth monitoring program and tutoring program for families with limited choices.For member women artisans, craft work is fit into a daily routine of child care, housework and volunteering in other programs at the UPAVIM community center. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from UPAVIM since 1994.

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  • Worry Doll Travel Set

    Handcrafted in Guatemala
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    Don't let your worries get the best of you even when you're on the road. The Worry Doll Travel Set features a pouch made from traditional Guatemala...

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  • Smiling Cow Booties

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    Keep their toes cozy with the Smiling Cow Booties made from cotton and fleece. Handcrafted in Guatemala by artisans working with UPAVIM Crafts.

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  • Adventure Scrunchie

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    Take on your next adventure. The bold scrunchie is handcrafted by artisans working with our fair trade partner UPAVIM Crafts in Guatemala.

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  • Guatemalan Worry Dolls

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    According to Guatemalan legend, worry dolls have the ability to remove worries while children sleep. At night, during tuck-in, children tell one wo...

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  • Around the World Wreath Ornament

    Handcrafted in Guatemala
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    The Around the World Wreath Ornament and its traditional Guatemalan worry dolls remind us that we are all connected. Hang this handmade ornament on...

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  • Precious Puppy Panhandler

    Handcrafted in Guatemala
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    Fuzzy pup keeps your hand safe from hot pan handles. Handmade in Guatemalan cotton.

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  • Cozy Kitty Panhandler

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    Colorful kitten keeps your hand safe from hot pan handles. Handmade in Guatemalan cotton.

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  • Fearless Scrunchie

    Handcrafted in Guatemala
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    Fearless looks good on you. The bold scrunchie is handcrafted by artisans working with our fair trade partner UPAVIM Crafts in Guatemala.

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  • Happy Feet Baby Booties

    Handcrafted in Guatemala
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    Made from traditional Guatemalan fabric, the Happy Feet Baby Booties will keep your baby's feet comfy and cozy.

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