It’s been 7 months since we celebrated the graduation of our first group of women who completed our Artisans Thrive Training Program (ATTP). The women of Casa Rosa have worked extremely hard since the completion of their training program in July 2017. During their training program, the women were integral in the design of the Leydi cross-body bag which we launched in our 2017 Fall | Winter Collection. Throughout the holiday season, we loved sharing the story behind the cooperative and design with our customers. Read More
This month marks the launch of our next training program, and we are  excited to share our plans with you! After our successful launch of two Artisans Thrive training programs in Guatemala, we are excited to be branching out to a new continent and work with another new organization. This February, we will be working in Western Africa in the country of Cameroon to  launch our third training program. Read More
After nearly four months of our training program, the highly anticipated day had arrived. The excitement and thrill could be felt in the room. The morning was a mix of preparations and eagerness for the evening’s events. Bustling around the workshop, putting final touches on their products to be displayed and sold that evening, the women went, one by one, to be pampered - by getting their hair done, nails painted and makeup done by the thoughtful World Orphans staff of psychologists. The day had finally arrived: it was the day the women would graduate from the Artisans Thrive Training Program.   Read More
In this post, we're excited to share with you the new Verde Poncho made by our new artisan partner Mujeres Con Vision (MCV)! MCV just finished our Artisans Thrive Training Program where they designed a number of products including a beautiful poncho just in time for Winter. Learn more about how it was made and get yours before supplies run out! Read More

We are grateful for our artisans who share their dreams and determination with us. And, for all of you who make our work possible. Join us this holiday season for special reflections, deals, and more! Starting with our HOLIDAY SALE! Shop the entire sale! And, join this season online for:
#SBS: Small Business Saturday
#CM: Cyber Monday
#GivingTuesday: Giving Tuesday, where your support gives even more this year
#ColoradoGivesDay: Giving back to our Colorado Community
Flash sales, giveaways, and more!

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In this post, we highlight Odra, one of the women participating in our training program in Guatemala City. "Odra joining this cooperative is the first time she will have access to stable work and stable income in her life. At our training program graduation, Odra said that she never thought that sewing would be something that she could do. And, as she struggled each day to learn and improve, she kept thinking that we were going to give up on her. She kept thinking that she couldn’t do it. But with the encouragement of the other women, the sewing instructor and our teachers, she gradually improved."

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The women in the La Verbena community, who have been working together for just under three months, were faced with several questions as they determined their next steps of solidifying their group: What words do they want to represent them as a group? What is the story they want to tell? How do they want to be represented to others? How do they want to be remembered? Read more about how the women of our artisan training program in Guatemala City create their name, vision, and mission statement.

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Say hello to our new Fall | Winter Collection! We've got a lot of fun new specially designed goodies! We also added four new partners this collection that we can't wait to tell you more about. We've got some special savings, just for you, and you can see some of our staff's favorites!

 

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Summer always seems to fly by, and it is no different here in Guatemala. Our Artistans Thrive Training Program has been heating up as the women gain confidence both in the sewing room as well as the classroom! As we reflect on the past two months, we have a lot to be thankful for. Weekly, we have seen our women progress professionally with their sewing skills, business acumen, and personally in their lives. 

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This Summer we graduated a group of women from our Artisans Thrive Training Program in rural Guatemala. It was a day of celebration alongside their family, friends, and community to celebrate each artisan's personal growth and the growth of their new artisan cooperative, Casa Rosa. They've been hard at work on their product and now it's here! Read More
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