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Assorted Tooth Fairy Bags from Guatemala

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There is a legend that continues today about a fairy who gives children gifts or money when they lose their baby teeth. Children put their tooth under their pillow at night and when they wake up in the morning, the tooth is gone and there is a present in its place. These cute tooth fairy bags, handmade in Guatemala, are a great gift idea for children to place their teeth in for the tooth fairy. 

These tiny cotton bags are made by women artisans from the UPAVIM cooperative on the outskirts of Guatemala City. UPAVIM, which stands for United for a Better Life, is an 80 member artisan enterprise helping women through social and economic empowerment. In addition to training women in creating various handmade textiles, UPAVIM has established a school, a pharmacy and a bakery within their cooperative.

  • Measure about 2-3/4” high x 2” wide

Handmade in Guatemala and fair trade imported.

 

UPAVIM Artisan Story
Guatemala

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UPAVIM Crafts is a cooperative of women who live in marginalized communities on the outskirts of Guatemala City. The women in the organization are mothers, homemakers, widows and some have been abandoned by their families. Many of them are the sole bread winners for their families. Unidas Para Vivir Mejor(United for A Better Life, or UPAVIM) was established in 1989 to create jobs for these women and to establish facilities of health-care, education and other social issues to benefit the community they lived in. Over the years, UPAVIM has grown from a small community health project to about a 80 member business cooperative. The organization employs teachers, seamstresses, nurses, administrators, cooks, cleaners and secretaries each of whom is paid a fair wage and is linked to UPAVIM ‘s fair trade business.

Amongst some of the achievements, In 2002 the cooperative was awarded the best Non-traditional Textile Exporter award by AGEXPRONT, a national trade organization, also UPAVIM’s Montessori school was recognized by the Guatemalan government.




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