On February 11th and 12th I had the privilege of visiting the work of The Circle Of Women. We met Patricia in the early morning of February 11th and thereafter began our journey via mini-bus towards Tlaxiaco. In Tlaxiaco I had the privilege of meeting Judith and her husband. After grabbing some breakfast and walking through the local markets we were on our way to Miramar—several hours through the mountainous Mixteca Region.
The journey was well worth it. When we arrived the workshops were already taking place. A group of approximately twenty women were working on drawing pictures in the local basketball facilities. The drawings were representative of various Mixteca words. These pictures helped the women associate the pictures to different words and inevitably improve their literacy.
After my brief introduction to the women, they were right back to work. It was as if the only thing that mattered were their drawings and attention to what their instructor was telling them. I was a bit hesitant at first to participate but by the end of the workshops, there I was, drawing symbols that represented words in Mixteca and trying to learn the word “horse” in the traditional language.
I would also like to mention that many of the women participating in the workshops are also members of a cooperative that sell handmade, quality scarves. This cooperative is facilitated by The Circle Of Women Trust. So for those of you looking for amazing gift ideas I would strongly encourage you to contact Judith directly. These make a perfect gift idea while simultaneously supporting an amazing cause. In fact, I bought one for my mother and she recently called me and said she LOVED it.
So in addition to donating to an amazing cause you can also purchase quality shawls. I would suggest both!! The cause and people behind it are sincerely dedicated.
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