Sunday October 26
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Mayan Hands: Transcending Poverty through Fair Trade. Claverack resident Liva Jacoby and her Albany-based colleagues Anne Kelly and Brenda Rosenbaum will talk about their work with indigenous women weavers of Guatemala, discussing “What is Fair Trade? How does it help families in our hemisphere and around the world? How can you do good by shopping?”
After the talk, attendees will have a chance to ask questions and to buy Mayan Hands products. Textiles, toys, baskets, table linens, scarves, shawls, and more will be available for purchase by cash, check, or credit card. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Library, but the majority of the funds are returned to the program, providing far-reaching benefits for these textile artists and their communities.
The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period and refreshments. This free program will take place at the Claverack Library, 629 Route 23B, at the intersection of Route 9H. There is parking at the library.
Mayan Hands is a Fair Trade, non-profit organization that partners with talented Maya women in their quest to bring their families out of extreme poverty, while they continue to live within the culture they cherish. Purchases of their products allow weavers to earn a regular income with which to feed their families, send their children to school, and harbor dreams for a better future. Further information and on-line shopping can be found at www.mayanhands.org.