Bring Literacy to Indigenous Women - Oaxaca Mexico

by The Circle of Women
Nov 8, 2012

News from Oaxaca

Marcellina, Edith, Baby Serena, and Edith Inez
Marcellina, Edith, Baby Serena, and Edith Inez

"We would have never believed that anyone would come and stay as long as you have. That is why everything works." -- Marcelina

Greetings from Oaxaca,
It’s hard to talk about my feelings as I meet with Marcellina, Edith and Edith Inez who are here with me as they sell their incredible weavings at the entrance to the Museo de Textil. It has really not been a particularly successful sale so we are revisiting our marketing plans to incorporate more sales in the US. Join us on December 8 at Christ Church Cambridge and on December 9 at Trinity Church Copley Square, Boston, MA.

The Circle of Women’s work is close to achieving our goals. The real part of the story is the Weavers’ preparations for taking over the weaving group and being on their own. I was blown away when Edith, Edith Inez and Marcelina arrived with a complete new inventory or rebozos. We had a meeting to talk about the transition and the women presented their plan for training new weavers. First, they will engage young women in Miramar in a workshop to describe their work and weaving business. Those who wish to continue will be assigned a mentor from whom they will learn the art of weaving.

As we leave Miramar, the Circle of Women is setting up a “rainy day fund” for the women to administer. The women would make loans and grants from this fund based on a collective decision-making process. Some ideas on the table include continuing the bilingual literacy classes for children.

Thank you for all your wonderful concern and support over the last 12 years!
We did it together!

Judith Lockhart Radtke
The Circle of Women

Weaving Sale
Weaving Sale

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The Circle of Women

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

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