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One of the artisans responsible for this finely beaded medallion necklace is Dolores Sapalu. Working with Creaciones Chonita allowed her to attend school on weekends, and now she is on her way to becoming a lawyer. Something as simple as this medallion necklace can signify something as meaningful as one woman's journey from poverty to law school.
HANDCRAFTED IN GUATEMALA
Creaciones Chonita was started in 1981 by Concepción Sojuel Mendoza, an indigenous woman who lost her husband in the violence of civil war and needed to find a way to support herself and her children. Through the years this family-run business known for creative jewelry design has expanded to provide work at fair wages for many widows and young women of the community.When the group makes a profit, they save part of the money in a scholarship fund for the education of their children. They also give basic living supplies to elderly widows, and support the medical expenses of all members as needed. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Creaciones Chonita since 1995.