Update: Vintage Gold Jewelry Sale and Helping a Family of Women Home Improvement Project

Just want to tell you that yesterday I sold three pairs of earrings in response to the 10k Gold Vintage Oaxaca Jewelry Sale.  Plus, we raised $785 in cash gifts! Thank you so much. This amount of money goes a long way in Oaxaca where the average daily wage is 100 pesos or about $8 USD — if there is work.

Several readers wanted to help but didn’t want to buy earrings. They suggested I start a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign. Both take a hefty commission if you don’t raise much money. And, there is an immediacy to the family’s construction and home improvement project. The rainy season is starting soon.

So, I invited people to use PayPal to send money that I will convert from dollars to pesos to give to the family.

Want to help with the Home Improvement Project?

            Any size gift is important!  Send $$ to PayPal. My Account is                            oaxacaculture@me.com or I can send you an invoice —                                    gift plus 3% PayPal fee.

The response has been wonderful, generous, amazing, and heartfelt. One woman who made a gift said, “I believe hard-working women need to be able to live their lives with windows and shoes. It is a privilege (and a right) that in some few societies women have been able to control more financial resources than in others. I live in one of those societies, but even for us this is a recent development, not reaching back more than few decades. We are all sisters. We need to remember.” Her words express the feelings of many of us.

We know there are many women and families who need help — in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and around the world. It is always important for me to remember I can’t do everything and help every one, but I can think globally and act locally. Each of us can make a difference in someone’s life.

6 Responses to Update: Vintage Gold Jewelry Sale and Helping a Family of Women Home Improvement Project

  1. Thank you , Norma, for setting this up and for giving us a chance to do something for people directly. Often gifts are cycled through this or that agency and we never really have any idea how the money was used.

    • Thanks, Susan. THE most important aspect of development is thanking the donor first, quickly, and then over and over again. The donor is the most important part of raising funds to support people and programs. And, everyone who gives wants to know how their money is used. So, thanks, once more to everyone who made gifts to support this family. They appreciate it and so do I.

  2. That’s incredible and amazing that so many gave generously.
    I’m glad to have helped get the donation ball rolling….
    I loved what your quoted from one donor and I second that.
    We are super fortunate, as American women with educations and means, to be able to extend a hand to sisters who want to help themselves. May the tamales continue to be make in a more comfortable kitchen.

  3. Thanks Norma for this opportunity – I was wondering if i could just give instead. I’ll never forget meeting this woman while I was weaving and how we said each others names 3 times so we wouldn’t forget.. and the kindness of her and her mother while I was there – I am happy to be able to help them.

    • Claudia, thank you so much for your generosity. I know the family will so much appreciate your help. I will tell them that you remember meeting them when you were here and what that meant to you. Your gift will mean so much to them. Hugs, Norma

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