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Artist Update and Cost of Living in Peru, January 2022

Artist Update and Cost of Living in Peru, January 2022

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Written by Don Blackowiak

Looking back to 2021, we can’t help but feeling grateful for everything our artist partners were able to accomplish. Last year was extremely challenging for artists and small businesses, especially in Peru and other countries with little financial support. 

With so many changes, it is time for our artist partners to update their pricing to remain viable. Expect New Wholesale Prices to go into effect, January 20th, 2022. 
Fair Trade Together for Pollinators

Fair Trade Together for Pollinators

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Written by The Lucuma Team

Look and shop a variety of inspired-by-pollinators goodies brought to you by compassionate businesses from the FairTradeFederation.org (product directory under each photo).

The Gratitude Box Project - April / Caja De Gratitud

The Gratitude Box Project - April / Caja De Gratitud

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Written by The Lucuma Team
gratitude box

This Community Gratitude Box is a space where our teams, artists and clients can share what really matters right now. With this, we hope to bring our communities closer and everyone is invited to participate!

Updates from Our Artists and Team

Updates from Our Artists and Team

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Written by The Lucuma Team
As an international fair trade company, we’re concerned about all the lives that Covid-19 is impacting. Like we all know, the virus is changing every aspect of life and work, but fortunately, so far, our employees and artists in Peru and Costa Rica remain healthy and all our team members are working remotely. Alessandra and I are in Peru, we were here when the borders closed. For now we need to stay put and are able to oversee our aide efforts here. We are using this time to strategize and use our creativity to do what we can right now.
Lucuma Gratitude Box - March / Caja De Gratitud

Lucuma Gratitude Box - March / Caja De Gratitud

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Creating a Gratitude Box to giving thanks is a practice anyone can do at home, individually or as a family! Giving thanks helps us shift gears from our worried mind and allows us to pause and appreciate what truly matters within our hearts.

Staying Healthy and Positive in a Time of Crisis

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Written by The Lucuma Team

Love and Healthy Wishes to Our One World Family

May I be happy, healthy and wealthy

The global health crisis and emotional turmoil we are collectively facing is rocking our world. Everything is changing and last week’s priorities seem today irrelevant. With our new realities shifting by the hour, we are grasping to understand what next.

While conscious of the hardship, sadness and pain this Covid-19 virus threat brings us, we must remain positive and calm so we can see beyond its ugliness.

This world pandemic is making it easier to see how interconnected we are. It is inspiring g

Healing our World Through the Beauty of Fair Trade

Healing our World Through the Beauty of Fair Trade

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Fair Trade gifts have a magical power to open our hearts by creating meaningful connections between us conscious consumers and crafters far away. They help us get in touch with our own humanity by reminding us we are one big world family. All of us have the ability to open our hearts and wish for others, what we wish for ourselves.
Puno Travel Log: Meeting Nifty Knitters

Puno Travel Log: Meeting Nifty Knitters

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Follow along with Don and Alessandra's trip to visit with our talented knitters in Puno, Peru! Read on for updates about our knitters and knitted collections.
Raquel Sanabria García: Growing with Gourd Art and Fair Trade

Raquel Sanabria García: Growing with Gourd Art and Fair Trade

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Raquel Sanabria García grew up admiring her parents’ ability to create beautiful gourd art. So, as she grew, so did her love and talent in creating gourd art.
Ester de la Cruz: An Arpillera Quilter Empowered by Fair Trade

Ester de la Cruz: An Arpillera Quilter Empowered by Fair Trade

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Written by The Lucuma Team
In 2004, Ester joined a small collective of around 20 arpillera artists and started working with Lucuma Designs. As part of this tight group, she values the connections she has made thanks to her art.
Just Creations: Fair Trade, Quality Service, and Education

Just Creations: Fair Trade, Quality Service, and Education

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Written by The Lucuma Team
Lucuma Designs had the chance to catch up with Joan Frisz, store buyer at Just Creations, located in Louisville, KY. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview Joan to get the inside scoop about her mission, her take on the fair trade family, and her predictions for the future of fair trade.
Edith Cruz: A Woman Knitter Empowered by Fair Trade

Edith Cruz: A Woman Knitter Empowered by Fair Trade

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Written by The Lucuma Team
In the rural villages around Lake Titicaca, knitting is a major way of life--especially for women and children. So, despite learning this skill later than most other girls, Edith Cruz became a knitting leader through perseverance and hard work. Thanks to these skills, Edith was able to go to college to earn not one, but two degrees. Read more about how fair trade helped empower her!

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