International Folk Art Market- Santa Fe
January 25, 2011
I have attended the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market (SFIFAM) every year since 2006 serving as translator for the bead artists who come from Saraguro Ecuador. SFIFAM has been an incredible experience for me and especially for these indigenous women. Not only do they sell more beadwork there in one weekend than they do in an entire year in Ecuador, but the market has provided courses to the artists which give excellent training in sales techniques, pricing, and marketing. To date five different bead artists have come from Saraguro to the SFIFAM, and they take their knowledge home with them. In addition, the monies earned have improved the quality of life for ca. 100 families, the members of the cooperatives. This money has been used for microloans administered by the cooperatives as well as many other family expenses.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Seeing great improvement in quality of life in Saraguro
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Prepare the applications in multiple languages so the artists can leaarn to complete them themselves.
Volunteer & I help the women of Saraguro prepare their inventory, acquire their visas, .