The Circle of Women

The Circle of Women is a non-profit organization which supports the self-sufficiency of indigenous Mixteca women in Oaxaca, Mexico. Through their connection to other women, women gain confidence and opportunities to participate more fully in the decision-making process in their families and communities.
Dec 7, 2009

THE MIXTECA WEAVERS HAVE AN EXHIBITION AT MUSEO DE TEXTIL OAXACA !

Photo: Augustina Lopez weaving. By Tom Feher.
Photo: Augustina Lopez weaving. By Tom Feher.

We just opened an extraordinary exhibit of the weavers’ work and lives presently in El Museo de Textil, in Oaxaca city. The most wonderful part of the exhibit was the comfort of the weavers as recognized artisans. They moved with ease among the museum people, guests and each other. Petra gave a talk of welcome in Mixteco, with beautiful grace and smiles. They were in their element and ah, what self-esteem they have! The exhibit will continue until March 2010. Please visit http://www.thecircleofwomen.org/blog/index.html to see videos and photos from the opening of the show.

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Dec 7, 2009

The story of Odelia

Odelia with doll she made as part of the bilingual literacy prog
Odelia with doll she made as part of the bilingual literacy prog

When she started the bilingual literacy program, she held her head down and was unable to look up at anyone. She was in her early 20’s and had never been to school because when she went to 1st grade she was mocked and teased because of her facial deformity. Now, two years later, she has completed our course and is now enrolled in the primary school home-study program which will quickly take her through primary school and on to high school. Odelia now holds her head high, smiles, and looks people right in the eye with confidence. She brought her mother to the program and they both are stars.

Dec 7, 2009

Our plans for 2010:

Weavers—To continue developing their marketing plans for Mexico. We plan that they will be completely independent with the help of a website which they will manage themselves and sales in Mexico within the tourist industry. The attention they are receiving for their work at the museum will significantly promote their work.

Literacy—One of our indigenous teachers, Augustina Lopez, is being trained to take over this program for older women in nearby villages. Patty is beginning the publicity for the bilingual literacy program, “Learning with all your senses” at several conferences. This is a very unique bilingual, adult education program for women. Patty will also introduce the program to other indigenous groups in Oaxaca.

Health—The women are presently evaluating this year’s program and they are asking for more intensive education around issues particular to women’s health (women’s life cycles, women’s illnesses and domestic violence). There will be an initiative to evaluate their eyesight and provide assistance including glasses.