Guatemala, or “Land of Trees” as some call it, is a country filled with people just as breathtaking as its landscape, a country where the Mayan civilization flourished, and the ruins remain to whisper their secrets. And like many countries rich in culture and tradition, Guate’s history is also a bloody one. Fewer than 20 years ago Guatemaltecans saw the end of violent civil war lasting 36 long years, leaving in its path 200,000 dead or missing, and a bleak future for those left behind.
Tomorrow, I have the incredible honor of traveling to Guatemala with a team of 12 other Noonday Ambassadors from around the U.S. to be a small part of a story of recovery for many families whose lives were both directly and indirectly affected the devastating violence of the war’s oppressive regimes. Having been dispossessed of lands and forced to work for unfair wages, sustainable employment seemed an unattainable dream. Now with over 3 years of consistent income, our Guatemalan artisans have been able to rise out of poverty and share with you their talents in beadwork, weaving, and leatherworking, while bringing hope and a future to their families and communities.
I hope that you will follow us on our journey filled with hugs, laughter, and happy tears as we glean from the wisdom of the beautiful Guatemalan people and share in their successes, and their victory over history, as sisters without borders.
I would love for you to follow along on our trip, to see through our eyes the impact Noonday has made and continues to make as we share our journey via social media! You can find me on Instagram here, but you may also want to search the hashtag #noondayguatemala to see all of the posts from our entire team.
And when you see a picture of a smiling artisan, remember: purchasing with purpose made that happen!
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t offer the opportunity to you to join in the work Noonday is doing, to partner with an ambassador local to you, to open your home and advocate for these very artisans, to share a night of styling and storytelling with your friends. It’s a wonderfully noble way to spend an evening…and happens to be super trendy and fun, too.
Happy week to you all,
P.S. – An extra- special thanks to my #noondayguatemala teammate, Shelley, for allowing me to borrow many of her beautiful words to share with you here!