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Six months since the graduation of the Mujeres con Vision, we have continued to work closely with the group and monitor their progress!

After the graduation, the women found themselves putting their skills to work quickly as they had a few orders lined up for World Orphans, our partner in the development of this cooperative and who continue to play a vital role in assisting with the functioning of the cooperative.

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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
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

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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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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Tucked away in the heart of Guatemala City, Guatemala, lies the community of La Verbana. Here we have just began our second Artisans Thrive Training Program in partnership with World Orphans. On Friday afternoon, while everyone else is winding down for the week, you can find 15 women who have set aside their other responsibilities, left their children in someone else’s care, headed to the classroom, and who sit ready and willing to learn. Read More

Our training program invests in mothers, who are the bedrock of their community. Learn more about the mamas in our program in Guatemala, and join us this Mother's Day as we celebrate all our amazing partners and artisans who selflessly provide the strength to help their families thrive!

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Thanks to our amazing Indiegogo donors, we launched our Artisans Thrive Training Program in Guatemala in March! So far your support has allowed us to purchase 4 new sewing machines and hire a local sewing instructor who has been teaching our group of 10 women basic sewing skills.  Read More
Our Associate Director Andra sat down with Marina in her Guatemalan home. She has been a leader in the creation of an artisan cooperative in her community. Through our shared initiative, Marina wants to learn how to sew so that she can make blouses and skirts to sell, products that are not readily available in her community, along with skills and strategies to improve her business. She truly believes this new cooperative can give opportunity, resources, and hope to her community.  Read More
Meet Yolanda. Yolanda came to Friendship Bridge after making products for another non-profit. She was paid for her labor, not for the products she made. Although Yolanda is a talented artisan with many years of experience, during her first group training with Friendship Bridge she was surprised to learn there were many important aspects of product development that she was unaware of that could help with the development of her business. Read More