The Humble Soybean

Tofu, that easy target for humor and deprecation to many in the US, has been popular for thousands of years in Asia, but you might not expect to find it in the highlands of Guatemala. The story of how it got there is an inspiring look at one community reaching out to help another with…

Delivering a Baby in Guatemala by Amy Kay

I’m not always very attentive to how I am feeling.  More accurately, I don’t notice I’m sick until it has been brought to my attention by those around me.  Thankfully, I’m a relatively healthy person.  I’ve got a little bit of this and that, but it’s all good. It’s all good because I have great…

Artisan Profile: Kamibashi

Unraveling the story of Kamibashi is as much fun as learning about their collection of whimsical String Dolls.  The journey began when founders, Kristen Doherty Daniels and Chris Daniels, went abroad to teach English in Japan. When they left their hometown of Chicago to work in the city of Kyoto, they never imagined that their…

Trashy Bags: Fantastic in Plastic

Sometimes, innovations that solve one pressing problem cause another.  This is the case with the inexpensive and readily available sachets of drinking water for sale all over Ghana.  The sachets look like little pillows, and to drink one, you just tear off the corner with your teeth and squeeze the water into your mouth.  This…