Bring Literacy to Indigenous Women - Oaxaca Mexico

by The Circle of Women
$3,905 Raised
total goal
monthly donors
This project will bring literacy and confidence to indigenous women in Oaxaca, Mexico using an innovative art-based bilingual curriculum that engages all five senses.


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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

The Circle of Women website
Literacy Blog

Organization Information

The Circle of Women

Location: Chelsea, MA - USA
The Circle of Women
Project Leader:
Judith Lockhart Radtke
Staff Member
Chelsea, MA United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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