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Gifts With Humanity Blog

Silk Road Bazaar's Zooties

by Renice Jones February 10, 2016

“Zooties®.” Is it just me or is the word almost as fun to say as these cute baby booties must be to wear?  Artisans and craftspeople in Kyrgyzstan have a talent for producing felt from wool and turning it into much-coveted carpets – why not make something else that takes up the space between one’s foot and the floor, even if it’s a tiny little foot?  Each time I think there can’t be another animal, vegetable, or mineral turned into a baby bootie, there it is!  Zootie lasagna!

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Art Camp Artisans - Tradition Builds a Community

by Renice Jones January 20, 2016

The artisans of Tecalpulco, Mexico have long been known for their silver and stone jewelry.   Art Camp, short for Artesanas Campesinas (or rural female artisans), is a women-owned cooperative that continues this tradition.  The group constantly introduces new methods, materials, and machinery to compete in the highly competitive jewelry market, even surviving a collapse in the marketability of their pieces in the 1990’s  after jewelry from other countries flooded the US market.

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Gifts With Humanity - A Happenstance

by Renice Jones January 12, 2016

If you believe that things happen serendipitously, then Gifts With Humanity is certainly one of those things. The co-founders met in the principal’s office of Kisumu Polytechnic in 1999 – I was a Peace Corps volunteer and Kevin was a VSO volunteer; both were assigned to teach computing.

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