Exhibit showcases crafts

November 08, 1992

Photographs of artisans from Peru and Haiti, all of whom sell their products at the Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation and Vocation (SERRV) International Gift Shop in New Windsor, are on display in Western Maryland College's Decker Center.

The pictures were taken during a recent trip by SERRV's staff photographer, Richard Foster. Along with the photos, samples of the artisans' handiwork will be exhibited. The display ends Nov. 23.

SERRV was formed shortly after World War II to help economically devastated refugees. It has since grown to encompass nearly 200 economically impoverished artisan groups from more than 40 countries throughout the developing world.

These groups produce goods that are marketed by the SERRV organization to more than 3,000 church and civic organizations, as well as to thousands of individual customers who visit the gift shop. The organization's policy is to consistently pay the artisans' asking price for their handiwork and to make major cash advances to artisans in need of working capital to buy raw materials.

According to SERRV, its purpose is to "promote the social and economic progress of people in developing regions of the world by purchasing and marketing their handcrafts in a just and direct manner."

Information: Sheila Buttner, SERRV, New Windsor Service Center, 635-8775.

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