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Education and More is a Christian Fair Trade Organization with the sole mission of helping families in Guatemala.

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How Fair Trade Can Benefit the Least of These

November 25, 2015

Have you ever considered how ethical consumerism such as shopping for Fair Trade products can benefit the least of these?  As Matthew 25:40 tells us  ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’  So how can ethical Fair Trade products help us benefit the poor as Jesus asks of us? In this Bible verse, Jesus is talking about those with a variety of needs such as being hungry, thirsty, in prison, or impoverished  or being  sick.  When we talk about helping the needy  it is easy to see why Fair Trade can help.     First, there are no sweatshops in Fair Trade businesses.  Artisans...

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Feed The Loom - Backstrap Weaving In Guatemala

November 18, 2015

Weaving on simple looms made of rods / sticks is an art that has been practiced for centuries around the world.  The looms are constructed with variations, but all producing stunning textiles. I have seen in Ecuador a type of backstrap loom that was set up inside a pit on the floor.  Other countries use a larger wooden structure that holds the back rod with the weaver sitting inside or on top and wearing the backstrap to produce the tension. Education And More works with many Mayan weavers in Guatemala and many times the loom set-up and techniques used will vary from village to village.  Often, even the terms for the various tools and looms parts may  vary from village...

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