July 31, 2016

Getting Involved in Guatemala

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For the last several years, I’ve had the privilege to work with a unique organization called Mercado Global- a company whose mission is to empower indigenous women to overcome poverty and become agents of change in their own communities. MG provides business education and leadership training to women who may have never had a formal education, empowers them to make artisan handicrafts for purchase, and connects them to international stores like J Crew and Nordstrom, among others. With this increase in income, these women can send their children to school, buy nutritious food, and solve other needs within their communities. MG invited me to Guatemala to see their work in action, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to bring my daughter Krishna, so she could learn more about the importance of helping others, and being an agent for positive change as well.

 

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Here are some of the talented artisans who make the apparel. I love that they’re able to bring their sweet kiddos to work!

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Trying my hand at making a bracelet!

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Krishna and I learning how to work the loom.

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My favorite time of day: lunch!

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Here are our program coordinators, who made the whole trip possible.

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Krishna and I had the chance to make a meal for the artisans. Here we’re teaching them how to make her pickled peppers.

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In our downtime, we went out to explore the local culture, stopping for lunch at La Esquina (we thought it was funny that this eatery had the exact same name as our local Mexican restaurant in Soho, pictured below. Please note the beautiful woman towering above it).

 

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Loved this nutty Pepitazo, made with toasted and ground pumpkin seeds that are cold pressed with water, and then sweetened with sugar and spiced with cinnamon.

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Never met a taco I didn’t like.

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Going back for seconds (or maybe thirds?! Calories don’t count on vacation, right?).

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Taco salad bowl with green rice. Makes mine back at home look quite humble!

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Making new friends.

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The flowers are wild here!

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Totally in my element- perusing the aisles at the local farmer’s market!

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Loving this lady’s gorgeous braids!

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The view from our beautiful hotel room at Casa Palopo.

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Thank you Guatemala for your lovely and hospitable people, and gorgeous scenery! Can’t wait to return.

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