Under the Same Moon does more than solicit donations. We support artisans and artisan cooperatives in the Lake Atitlan area by purchasing their handcrafted items and selling them in the States. At the end of Rebecca Center’s first volunteer summer with Asociación Bendición de Dios, she wanted to find a way to financially support the school beyond the professional teacher development she was providing. The owner of a hotel where she had stayed suggested she work with some artisans who displayed and sold their jewelry in her hotel. She purchased $400 of jewelry with her own money. Since then Under the Same Moon has purchased over $80,000 beaded jewelry and woven scarves, along with other handcrafted items.
Under the Same Moon follows fair trade principles and practices. Our purchases provide the artisans with opportunities to significantly improve their earnings, to send their children to school, to enhance their diets, and to buy needed medicines. The artisans are paid over three times what they would be paid if they were agricultural workers. As an added benefit, the artisans can work at home, giving them greater flexibility as they care for their families.
Rebecca travels to Guatemala twice a year to work directly with the cooperatives and artisan families. At that time, she chooses and purchases their beautiful items to sell in the States.
Under the Same Moon has contracted with the women to pay them fair market value for their crafts. We sell these indigenous treasures at a small premium and send all the additional profits to Asociación Bendición de Dios.
Dean's Beans Organic, Fair Trade Coffee
Recently, Under the Same Moon contracted with the purveyor of Dean's Beans to provide us with high quality, fair trade coffee, originated in Guatemala, for fundraising purposes.
Dean's Beans' mission is to use high quality, specialty coffee as a vehicle for progressive change throughout the world. Dean Bean's coffee is certified organic, fair trade and kosher.