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Asociacion Unidas Para Vivir Mejor (UPAVIM)

Asociacion Unidas Para Vivir Mejor (UPAVIM)

Guatemala City, Guatemala
UPAVIM is an acronym for Unidas Para Vivir Mejor, "United For A Better Life." This group of women lives in a squatter community named La Esperanza (Hope) on the outskirts of Guatemala City. In 1989, UPAVIM was organized to offer much needed health and educational services within this community, where many families had fled from Guatemala’s civil war and overpopulation in the capital city. Since then, the organization has grown to include income generation programs, including handicraft training and production, a bakery, a soy product production, medical clinic, pharmacy, medical laboratory, growth monitoring program and tutoring program for families with limited choices.For member women artisans, craft work is fit into a daily routine of child care, housework and volunteering in other programs at the UPAVIM community center. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from UPAVIM since 1994.

Asociacion Unidas Para Vivir Mejor (UPAVIM)

  • Around the World Wreath Ornament

    SKU: 8813030
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    The Around the World Wreath Ornament and its traditional Guatemalan worry dolls remind us that we are all connected. Hang this handmade ornament on...

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  • Guatemalan Hair Band

    SKU: 8801170
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Made from cotton, Guatemalan textiles, these fair trade headbands add a sophisticated splash of color and a touch of Guatemalan culture. The Guatem...

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  • Worry Doll Travel Set

    SKU: 8813000
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Don't let your worries get the best of you even when you're on the road. The Worry Doll Travel Set features a pouch made from traditional Guatemala...

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  • Smiling Kitty Booties Red

    SKU: 8813270
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Keep their toes cozy with the Smiling Kitty Booties made from cotton and fleece. Handcrafted in Guatemala by artisans working with UPAVIM Crafts.

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  • Elephant Wash Mitten Red

    SKU: 8813300
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Make bath time fun with the Elephant Wash Mitten made from cotton and terry cloth. Handcrafted in Guatemala by artisans working with UPAVIM Crafts.

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  • Smiling Kitty Booties

    SKU: 8813230
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Keep their toes cozy with the Smiling Kitty Booties made from cotton and fleece. Handcrafted in Guatemala by artisans working with UPAVIM Crafts. ...

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  • Happy Elephant Booties Red

    SKU: 8813280
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Keep their toes cozy with the Happy Elephant Booties made from cotton and fleece. Handcrafted in Guatemala by artisans working with UPAVIM Crafts.

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  • Smiling Cow Booties

    SKU: 8813210
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Keep their toes cozy with the Smiling Cow Booties made from cotton and fleece. Handcrafted in Guatemala by artisans working with UPAVIM Crafts.

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  • Cow Wash Mitten

    SKU: 8813240
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Make bath time fun with the Cow Wash Mitten made from cotton and terry cloth. Handcrafted in Guatemala by artisans working with UPAVIM Crafts.

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  • Elephant Wash Mitten

    SKU: 8813250
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Make bath time fun with the Elephant Wash Mitten made from cotton and terry cloth. Handcrafted in Guatemala by artisans working with UPAVIM Crafts....

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  • Kitty Wash Mitten Red

    SKU: 8813290
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Make bath time fun with the Kitty Wash Mitten made from cotton and terry cloth. Handcrafted in Guatemala by artisans working with UPAVIM Crafts.

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  • Kitty Wash Mitten

    SKU: 8813260
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Make bath time fun with the Kitty Wash Mitten made from cotton and terry cloth. Handcrafted in Guatemala by artisans working with UPAVIM Crafts. Co...

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  • Happy Elephant Booties

    SKU: 8813220
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Keep their toes cozy with the Happy Elephant Booties made from cotton and fleece. Handcrafted in Guatemala by artisans working with UPAVIM Crafts....

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  • Fearless Scrunchie

    SKU: 8813200
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Fearless looks good on you. The bold scrunchie is handcrafted by artisans working with our fair trade partner UPAVIM Crafts in Guatemala.

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  • Adventure Scrunchie

    SKU: 8813190
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Take on your next adventure. The bold scrunchie is handcrafted by artisans working with our fair trade partner UPAVIM Crafts in Guatemala.

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  • Bold Scrunchie

    SKU: 8813180
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Bold is the new black. The bold scrunchie is handcrafted by artisans working with our fair trade partner UPAVIM Crafts in Guatemala.

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  • Happy Feet Baby Booties

    SKU: 8813170
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Made from traditional Guatemalan fabric, the Happy Feet Baby Booties will keep your baby's feet comfy and cozy.

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  • New Trick Dog Collar

    SKU: 8813160
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Made from traditional Guatemalan fabric, the New Trick Dog Collar will be a wonderful gift for the most fashionable dog you know.

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  • Precious Puppy Panhandler

    SKU: 8813060
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Fuzzy pup keeps your hand safe from hot pan handles. Handmade in Guatemalan cotton.

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  • Guatemalan Worry Dolls

    SKU: 8801060
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    According to Guatemalan legend, worry dolls have the ability to remove worries from sleeping children. Children tell one worry to each doll when th...

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  • Cozy Kitty Panhandler

    SKU: 8813070
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Colorful kitten keeps your hand safe from hot pan handles. Handmade in Guatemalan cotton.

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  • Mayan Dolls Wreath

    SKU: 8806000
    Handcrafted in Guatemala

    Wreath of Mayan dolls celebrates the strengths of Guatemalan women. Women are wearing hand-woven clothing that reflects the diversity of Guatemala'...

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