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Feature story: Local effort to help Guatemalan women

Original post made on Jan 22, 2013

Sallie DeGolia of Portola Valley reads aloud to Guatemalan children from the community of San Jorge during a visit that included lunch with indigenous women. ==I Photo by Steve Krausz==

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 12:51 AM

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Posted by Ruth DeGolia
a resident of another community
on Jan 22, 2013 at 7:11 am

If you would like to learn about ways to get involved, including upcoming Insight Trips to Guatemala, Silicon Valley events, trunk sales, or other ways you can help, please contact us at You can also learn more and shop our artisans' latest collections at

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Posted by critic
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jan 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Do any of these women ever consider wearing clothing without a pattern? A crazy pattern that makes ones eyes go crazy when they look at them? A solid color, maybe? They dress WILD! Why? What is wrong with just one color? What a jumble of mess! Tribal? I can't imagine who could make up such color combinations! Why go through the "trouble" of such "design"? Yuck!

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Jan 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Critic -- you were joking, right? Still, all in all, the comment was unfunny and ridiculous.

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Posted by Anna
a resident of another community
on Jan 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm

The website domain is expired when I tried to shop and donate.

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Posted by Vanessa Uhlig
a resident of another community
on Jan 23, 2013 at 10:02 am

Thanks for posting, Anna!

Make sure you go to "" instead of "" Hope this helps!

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Posted by Vanessa Uhlig
a resident of another community
on Jan 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Our deepest apologies - the Mercado Global website was down earlier today due to a technical issue, but it has now been resolved. Please visit the site to learn more, make a purchase or a donation, or contact one of our staff.

Again, apologies for the inconvenience. Thank you for your support!

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Posted by Bruce
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jan 24, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Well, I like the lively patterns in the Latino women's clothing. When I looked at that, and then the photo of the American women, I thought, jeez, the Americans look so plain and conservative and quiet! The patterns etc. in the Latino women's clothing reminded me a little of patterns in batik, that look so good on women in SE Asia.

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Posted by Local
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Jan 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm

The women in this article lack knowledge of other cultures and should look into their own, right here. It is not about Guatemala or the Silicon Valley. It is about social class and resources. Guatemala has intellectuals, including a highly reutable doctor at Stanford as well as poverty. The Silicon Valley has the same: highly reputble professionals as well as homeless people sleeping in Palo Alto parks next to children playing. It is not ok to paint a picture of a country with a couple of examples of women who live in the equivalent of East Palo Alto. It is interesting to look at different perspectives. What does the educated society in Guatemala think of the poverty and violence in the U.S? There is no school with an entire classroom of first graders gunned down there. It is time to do a little charity at home.

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Posted by Harry Turner
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jan 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm

A comment was made to raise the issue of where and how to donate effectively. In Guatemala a US$ applied to poverty, women's empowerment, and getting vulnerable girls educated beyond 5th grade, if educated at all, has benefit impact a multiple of what it could accomplish in EPA. Still, donating to College Track and the Castilleja School for Girls make compelling claims on our souls.

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