Oaxaca, being a mainly indigenous state, has one of the lowest literacy rates in Mexico, and literacy among indigenous adult women is even lower. Historically there has been a major bias towards Spanish literacy in education, leaving indigenous languages marginalized. Migration to the US for jobs has also left women as heads of households. Illiteracy and discrimination has been a major barrier for women in trying to market their weaving products and create sustainable micro-businesses.
The Circle of Women’s literacy program provides indigenous women with the skills to be confident adults and entrepreneurs both in Spanish and their indigenous languages (Mixtec) through the use of an innovative art-based bilingual curriculum.
The project will educate 50 indigenous women in the Mixteca region of Oaxaca, Mexico with in the next three years allowing them to rise out of poverty, which will provide for their families' health and well-being.