Emiliano, one of our Friends Project scholarship recipients for this year, with some of his school supplies. School attendance is free. The scholarship provides the students who walk down to school from the mountain community of Ocotal with the $35 worth of pens, bags, notebooks and other tools they need. We provided 8 scholarships this year.
Archive for May, 2011
They can be difficult to come by, but I’m proud to announce that thanks to Kingdom Ventures, the fair trade crafts seller who is a regular Fuente de Pino buyer, we will have an assortment of baskets handmade by the women of El Sauce for sale at my photo exhibit reception this Friday, May 6.
All profits go to El Sauce improvement projects.
In the past, that has included
• Purchase of a portable coffee bag sealer so the eco-tourism cooperative members (who are also organic coffee growers) can self bag some of their wares to sell to visitors, eliminating a costly middleman.
• Supplies for the eco-tourism cooperative to complete their 40-foot well, which will provide fresh water to the guest house/area and that they are digging by hand.
• Scholarhips for eight high school students
If you’re in the Rochester, N.Y., come on out:
Reception for “Life in Remote Places: A Fragile Balance”
494 East Ave., Rochester, N.Y.
6 to 9 p.m.
Refreshments, music, baskets and cards for sale, in a mansion with plenty of ambiance and places to relax!
Darling, Jacqueline and other members of the Fuente de Pino, the all-female co-op who makes pine needle baskets with thread and the needles from the pine trees near their homes, have been selling their creations to a Rochester, N.Y.-based retailer, Kingdom Ventures.
Kingdom Ventures is a fair trade crafts seller. Owners Rebecca and Glenn visited El Sauce recently to meet the Fuente co-op members, and chronicled their journeys.
Congratulations to all the women in El Sauce for gaining another market! The six-week artisan training The Friends Project helped provide recently is paying off.