International Day of the Girl 2018

International Day of the Girl 2018

They say confidence is everything. On the #InternationalDayoftheGirl 2018, we are sharing with you the words used by SVP students to describe how their self-confidence has improved and how the potential to have their say impacts their future. The mission of the Sacred Valley Project is to provide boarding and...

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Interview with Genesis Fair Trade founder Michael Sotomayor

Can you tell us a little about yourself? I was born and raised in San Diego, CA but left to attend college in Denver and Houston. I then began a Wall Street career in fixed income trading and later institutional/high net worth sales. After a 30-year career, I retired and...

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When "Homage" Becomes Rip-Off

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* Photo credit educationandmore.org Fashion designers often use other cultures as creative inspiration, just as artists and musicians do. But increasingly, attention is being paid to clothing that copies indigenous designs without compensating the communities that originated them. Many of these communities, in Mexico, Guatemala and Peru, for example, are struggling...

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Weaving a Story of Cultural Loss

When is "fair trade" not fair at all? The 17-minute documentary Recycled Huipiles: Unraveling Traditions? is a revealing look into the lives of Mayan women in Guatemala, the 3,500-year-old craft of backstrap loom weaving, and how their poverty is being exploited by some under the guise of “fair trade.” Available...

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Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July

Back in 2011, The Plastic Free July Foundation created a worldwide challenge for individuals to go plastic free in July. This year more than 2 million people pledged to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics in July and beyond. Every single day, more than 8 million plastic pieces enter our...

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