Impacto textil is now starting to replicate and scale methodologies and tools as to serve 500 to 1000 artisans in a two-year timeframe (having worked with 200 Mayan women to improve production of textile handicrafts). Our work helps women to expand on their craft, teaching them advanced design principles and technical skills. With improved products, artisans gain increased access to ethical and fair trade markets and a secure income to support their families, mainly children and their community.
Indigenous women in Mexico's highlands are suffering by the lack of economic opportunities. They are isolated geographically, culturally and linguistically. Through improving their traditional techniques, and developing business skills, artisans can create a premium product to ethical and fair trade markets, the understanding of global market demand, and the know-how to administer their business affairs that would allow them to earn a sustainable livelihood.
Impacto textil works with groups of Mayan woman artisans to build new weaving, design and business skills. By linking designers and artisans, Impacto trains indigenous women in innovative, market-ready product development. While artisans learn new skills, Impacto facilitates market access for their products so they can earn a sustainable income to support their families, their children and their community.
Women invest income directly into their children and their communities. Economic opportunity, skills and education empower women to transform not only themselves but also lifting their families out of poverty. Women artisans that partner with impacto increase their income by selling higher-demand products to global markets. Also they develop the professional, leadership skills and self-confidece needed for long-term economic success and social transformation.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).