Malden’s Fern and Ginny Remedi Brown founded Sowing Opportunities, Inc to help establish agricultural sustainability in a forgotten indigenous village in Guatemala. Chajmaic, Guatemala is the village where their daughter Maya was born.
Sowing Opportunities is creating a world where leaders are developed in their own remote communities, where people have the means to get themselves and their families out of malnutrition, hunger, and poverty, to establish an economy. In January, the team is returning to the remote village of Chajmaic, Guatemala to work with village leadership and 30 new families to have greenhouses at their homes to create hope and stability on their own land.
Sowing Opportunities works with A Thread of Hope – Guatemala Fair Trade to bring you beautiful Guatemalan handicrafts to help raise funds to support the work of Sowing Opportunities and to support the artisan makers in Guatemala.
The Fair Trade principles create opportunities for disadvantaged producers, establish long-term transparent and accountable relationships, provide capacity building, pay promptly and fairly, support safe working conditions, allow for gender equity, freedom of association, no discrimination, and ensure children’s rights, cultivate environmental stewardship, and respect cultural identity.
The artisans make gorgeous chenille bamboo ponchos, exquisite durable cotton shirts, colorful utilitarian cotton woven wallets and leather belts, and unique beaded ornaments that can be used year-round as a decoration can achieve these goals.