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Ruth & Naomi

Ruth & Naomi

Chontola, Guatemala
The weaving cooperative Ruth and Naomi is located in Chontola, near Chichicastenango. The project emerged out of the terror and desperation of Guatemala’s civil war. With the help of a local Methodist pastor and his wife, some widows banded together to support their families through sales of the community’s traditional woven crafts. Of the initial group of 18 women, all had lost husbands, fathers, or both to the government’s “scorched earth” policy of the 1980s. The name was chosen because it spoke of two widows from the Bible who were without resources, but who worked and survived.Scholarships make it possible for teens to complete high school in Chichicastenango while living in the project compound. Some have gone on to complete university degrees. The project has also started a health and nutrition center. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Ruth and Naomi since 1993.

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    Wrap up a potato in the Cotton Microwave Pouch from Guatemala for a quick and easy snack. Or if corn on the cob or warm bread is more your go-to tr...

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    This friendly fox can help you unwind after a long day. Traditional hand-woven skirt fabric, still worn in the Guatemalan highlands, is repurposed...

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    Cotton woven on a traditional backstrap loom yields an authentic pattern that has come to represent the richness of Guatemalan culture. This is the...

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  • Ayudante Cotton Half Apron

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    Handcrafted in Guatemala by fair trade artisans, the Ayudante Half Apron will be an excellent kitchen assistant. This half apron is crafted from a ...

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  • Cotton Oven Mitt

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    Keep your hand safe while removing something delicious from the oven with the Cotton Oven Mitt. This oven mitt is handcrafted from recycled cotton ...

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  • Warm Heart Hand Warmers

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    Villagers in Guatemala lovingly weave lengths of cloth on traditional looms. Filled with natural rice, heat your warmers in a microwave for 45 sec...

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