I have worked with Sharing the Dream as a volunteer for the past 15+ years. I have visited Guatemala several times and have seen firsthand how this organization effects the lives of so many families in that country. I like that this organization is about equitable relationships where both peoples learn from each other. The ultimate goal in this partnership is sustainability for the Guatemalan families.
In the four years I have served on the board of Sharing the Dream in Guatemala, I have seen the organization's operation from every angle. Last year I took a delegation to Guatemala to visit the cooperatives that produce the high-quality products Sharing the Dream sells--traditional Maya weavings, functional and decorative wood carvings, ceramics, blown glass and more. I start every morning with coffee from Sharing the Dream.
Everything STDG sells is top quality, and everything is Fair Trade. But STDG goes well beyond merely marketing crafts that help indigenous people survive; All profits from sales are returned to projects we support in Guatemala--meals and health care for impoverished elders, scholarships for deserving students, design and business training for crafts cooperatives and more. Because our slim overhead expenses are paid by sales, every penny donated to STDG goes directly to fund projects that help people improve their lives and their communities.
Best of all, STDG empowers people to achieve self-sufficiency. Our goal is to help individuals, cooperatives and communities create products for the world market, and where possible, market their work themselves. When our friends in Guatemala no longer need Sharing the Dream, our mission will be complete.