the story OF KINSHIP
Our lives were profoundly impacted when we traveled to Guatemala and Honduras on separate mission trips almost 5 years ago. Neither one of us knew at the time the beauty of the landscapes, richness of culture, and the joy in the children would touch both our hearts in such meaningful ways. After several Partnership trips to Vida Real School in San Pablo La Laguna, our relationships with the teachers and students have blossomed into true Kinship. As our involvement and interactions with the community have grown, so has our passion for finding ways to share our respective resources and enhance educational opportunities and quality of life.
Given our shared interest in growing our church’s partnership in San Pablo, we met for a cup of coffee to talk about expanding our impact. When we realized that we both shared the same vision for Vida Real and the community, Kinship Market was born.
Saludos! -Tom and Breanne
I have always had a sense for adventure and traveling the world. Thanks to over 20 years working for a wine distributor in Colorado, I've had several opportunities to visit different wine producing countries of the world. In October 2014 I took a mission trip with my brother's church to Honduras, and my life was forever changed. I was able to return to Honduras and work with the same people of Santa Rita in February of 2015. I later learned that my church was leading a group to San Pablo La Laguna, Guatemala in March. While in Guatemala, I fell in love with the beauty of the people in these communities. Over the past 4 years, I have traveled back to Guatemala on numerous occasions to work with the people of San Pablo and study Espanol. Now, I devote my time to continuing my education, learning Mayan culture, and working with our partners in San Pablo La Laguna. My experiences in San Pablo have taught me the importance of building relationships and working side by side with our Central American friends. The birth of Kinship Market is the next step in growing our relationships and reaching more people in Guatemala and the world.
I come from a design background with a passion for beautiful creations, whether found in nature, art, books, or even a really good cup of coffee. My obsession with textiles began while interning at a fabric showroom in college where I developed extensive knowledge of nearly every type of fabric. My love for Guatemala began at a later date, but as a culmination of many life experiences including having a family, becoming a surrogate, and exploring sole proprietor entrepreneurial ventures (in events and floral design). The statement that lingered in my mind after two mission trips to Guatemala was, “Someone should be doing this...”. I didn’t know what “this” was or what it would entail but that statement inspired a rabbit hole dive into fair trade companies and practices in Guatemala, lots of research into Guatemalan history, discovery of their rich fabric traditions, the stories attached to this art form about the people and villages around Lake Atitlan, and finally the courage to act on that statement. My quest for knowledge and desire to scratch beneath the surface of inquiry led to this collaboration with Tom.