DAY 5: OUT AMONG THE VOLCANOES WITH CCDA

After taking a lancha across the insanely picturesque Lake Atitlan we arrived on the shores of Santiago Atitlan. Unlike Panajachel, Santiago is a fairly large indigenous town that– except for the shoreline which is full of trinket vendors and scattered…

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DAY 4: FROM CRUSTY GRINGOTENANGO

After a 10 hour van ride we reached the gritty little tourist town of Panahachel, Guatemala. Pana, affectionately known as ¨Gringotenango¨, was a welcome site after a day of riding with my knees hugged up against my chest trying to sleep…

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DAY 3: REALITY AND ITS CHALLENGES

We are back in San Cristobal de Las Casas from Aurora Esquipulas– mud-caked and fatigued. Chris, Aaron, and Chelsea are very ill and trying to sleep off intense stomach sickness. One solid take-away from our visit is that, even though…

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Day 1: Back to the Base

Day 1: Back to the Base

The bipolar nature of leaving on this journey is dulled by the sterility of the airport. Not that this airport is any worse or better than any other. Looking around me I see the same mussed-up hair and red eyes…

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Uganda Part One: Cooperatives

Uganda Part One: Cooperatives

“You are most welcome.” The male farmers congregate in a simple concrete building on the edge of the red dirt road in Demukata Society, about an hour up the mountain from Mbale town. As we enter the humble space, there…

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Fair Trade is Dead

Fair Trade is Dead

  Now dry that tear because I have some good news. Out of Fair Trade’s™ ashes there is already a movement to build something better and it is coming from the people who were virtually shut out of the old…

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What is “Fair”?

What is “Fair”?

Today I received a note from a good friend who has spent over a decade in the Fair Trade movement. When I say “Fair Trade” here I am making the assumption that you all know exactly what I mean. But…

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