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Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles

by Proyecto Impacto Consultores, AC
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Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles
Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles

Human Development Area

We stopped continuous visits to the communities in March due to the COVID-19 contingency. However, we have been working to generate content for the upcoming workshops on "Dreams and visions: self-esteem, conflict resolution, leadership". We have placed emphasis on improving the methodology and tools.

Communication has been maintained with different groups of artisans to know how they feel about the pandemic and to keep them informed about the steps they must follow to take care of themselves. In addition, videos, audios and posters have been shared in Tsotsil or Tseltal to update them with the information. We organize food collection to support the most vulnerable communities and economically affected by the health contingency: Aldama, Santiago El Pinar, San Juan Cancuc, Huixtán, Mitontic and Larráinzar.

Technical-productive area

In collaboration with the commercial collaboration area, workshops to manufacture facemasks have been held in two communities: Tenejapa and Huixtán (small workshops have been held each week and we have carried them out wih the necessary health measures).

 Commercial Collaborations Area

We sought for  economic reactivation through the proposal "Artisan Assembly", during these three months it has been carried out with artisans from Venustiano Carranza (Aguacatenango), San Juan Cancuc (Tsajalch'en, Barrio Abajo and Chojchow), Aldama (group of men ) and Zinacantán.

 In Aguacatenango samples have been made for subsequent productions in collaboration with the brand "Mi Golondrina". With Andrea Velasco a virtual group was created to work on a project with the artisans where each one made a sample of products (shorts, girl's dress, boy's shirt, pajamas and blouse). 

 Achievements

Artisans have accepted the information provided in Covid-19 and are carrying out prevention measures.A s for the production of facemasks, it was a new experience and they put into practice the sewing knowledge of previous workshops of the Technical-Productive area. Teamwork and good organization for the creation of these pieces became evident in this case. And finally, it meant a source of economic income for artisans.

With the groups of San Juan Cancuc, Huixtán and Santiago El Pinar, the collaboration with Andrea Velasco was virtually continued. The result was satisfactory because they have adapted to this new way of working.

We are happy and satisfied because there has been an opportunity to learn new digital tools to continue the work. Furthermore, we are highly motivated to continue creating and accompanying these processes.

 

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In the area of Human Development, the activities of the year has begun with workshops about teamwork, self-esteem and leadership, which has been important for the new groups, who have not received these accompaniments. The most important thing about these encounters is the conclusions of the artisans women wich are around the benefit or this activities, because it has served them to improve their textile production. This has given them stability and peace of mind, because there is more quality in the work they do.

In the Productive Technical area, the most important thing has been the Hour Counting workshop. Also there has been activities related to the production of textiles: from getting threads to make the balls, warp, start preparing the loom, assemble the loom and start weaving. This awareness of the process has given a reason for women artisans to value and gain confidence in this activity. All this is necessary so that the knowledge generated will serve for future business activities, so they can sell at a better price and in an ethical and fair way their products.

In the Collaboration area, this year the brand Collectiva Concepción has begun to collaborate with Aldama, Chenalhó and Tenejapa with ethical principles, which allows artisans to develop new products and earn income to improve their quality of life.

 We are starting the year very excited and happy for the horizon that is presented to us. 

 

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This year, we have continue working with groups of women in the highlands of Chiapas to strengthen identity, customs and knowledge. The work aim to improve the economic condition of families through the production of textiles, an ancestral practice that is inherited from generation to generation.

This is important in order to  flourish in different areas of its social, economic and cultural situation, it is necessary to have access to the full development of their capacities.

 To carry out this accompaniment, workshops are held on Human Development and and Technical-productive. In these workshops, individual and group processes are accompanied.

 Human Development workshops are divided into three modules: Teamwork, Self-esteem and Leadership. Although the modules are imparted separately, they complement each other. Also, we make follow-ups to ensure that, based on the artisans comments, the workshops address their individual needs.

 For the Technical-productive workshop there are main activities such as the hour counting that are essential to deepen the knowledge of the ancestral techniques of the communities of highlands of Chiapas. It will also support artisans to establish a fair and ethical price for hours invested in work. In this way, the artisans will have full knowledge of the value of their work within the craft market. Concepts as fair and ethical trade are always mentioned in this sessions. 

 This has helped the artisans acquire better capacity of organization and participation in the activities of the workshops. Thanks to your donations, it is possible to continue exchanging knowledge with the communities and, above all, to empower artisan women.

 We thank you for the support you have given us; without this we would not be able to generate the necessary impact in the communities in which we work. Is through your donations that we are able to reach more women and communities. ¡Our team at NGO Impacto wishes you, your family and friends a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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At Impacto, we are always committed to providing our artisan groups with tools that allow the optimization of their work. For us, it is vital that the groups we collaborate with are constantly evolving and, above all, have new learning through the exchange of knowledge.

For them, Impacto has developed a series of workshops in the communities of Aldama, Santiago El Pinar, San Juan Cancuc, Mitontic, and Larraínzar. With the purpose of the artisans of these communities they can, independently, optimize the times in which they carry out their craft textile work.

With the groups that work with the waist loom technique, we have implemented a total of 46 exercises to count the hours dedicated to textile work. Seven tables were generated that will allow artisans to calculate the exact time of realization of any of their products and, therefore, to establish fair costs concerning the hours invested of work. In the communities that work with the embroidery technique, 110 exercises were carried out in the communities of Aguacatenango, Chamula, Chenalhó, and Tenejapa

The creation of the hour counting workshop is essential to deepen the knowledge of the ancestral techniques of the communities of Los Altos de Chiapas. It will also support artisans to establish a fair and ethical price for hours invested in work. In this way, the artisans will have full knowledge of the value of their work within the craft market. Thanks to your donations, it is possible to continue exchanging knowledge with the communities and, above all, to empower artisan women.

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During these months we have continued with the facilitation of Human Development, observing great advances within the groups that are consolidating with a better capacity of organization and participation in the activities of the workshops.

For a community to have the possibility of flourishing in the different areas of its social, economic and cultural situation, it is essential that its inhabitants have access to the full development of their capacities. According to the United Nations Development Program, human development is a concept that covers the different areas of human growth. Essentially aims the possibility of a person from the free decision-making. In other words, the themes that comprise human development point to the creation of an environment in which people can develop their maximum potential, have a productive and creative life in relation to their interests and needs.

"We do not have to keep bad things in our hearts because they hurt us.
Manuela, artisan of Huixtán."

ONG Impacto has implemented a series of facilitation in which different dynamics are developed with artisans. These workshops are given by the facilitators Silvia López López (originally from the municipality of Chamula) and Imelda Gómez Girón (originally from the community of Tenejapa). The work seeks to foster critical reflections on topics related to Teamwork, Leadership, and Self-esteem. The methodologies of these facilitations are aimed at improving the quality of life of the communities. They also seek to identify the individual and group problems to which the artisans face day by day with respect to their customs and traditions.

"When we die, our knowledge dies with us if we do not share it."
Antonia, an artisan from Tenejapa

During the facilitation, the artisans reiterated the importance of recognizing themselves, their limitations, virtues, abilities, and work. They also expressed the benefits of creating spaces exclusively for them, where they can reflect on the improvement of their work as a group.

"I was surprised when they told me I could be a leader because I did not know."
Rosalinda, artisan of Huixtán.

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Proyecto Impacto Consultores, AC

Location: San Cristobal de Las Casas - Mexico
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Project Leader:
Scheherezada López
San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico
$16,183 raised of $17,500 goal
 
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will provide for transportation costs to train an artisan in her community / proveera costos de transporte para capacitar una artesana en su comunidad
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will provide for the development of an ad-hoc curricula including tool kits to train artisans / proveera para el desarrollo de una Curricula incluidos un kit de herramientas para una artesana
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will train 1 artisan in product design and commercial practices for 1 year / proveera para la capacitacion en diseno de producto y comercial para una artesana durante un ano
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will provide for a deep market and business research for the development of 1 business plan -an innovative social retail enterprise / proveera para el estudio de mercado a incluirse en plan comercial
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will allow us to acquire our first high-tech mobile training center, 1 sprinter to train artisans in their communities / proveera para la compra de una sprinter de campo para capacitar a artesanas
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will allow us to acquire our first mobile training center, plus state-of-the-art equipment to train artisans in their communities / proveera para el sprinter y el equipo de alta tecnologia
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will equip the regional Artisans Training Center in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico / proveera recursos para la equipar el Centro de Desarrollo Regional con equipo de punta
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will buy a real state to locate the NGO offices (per artisan) while serving 500 women artisans / proveera recursos para adquirir un bien inmueble para la ONG sirviendo a 500 artesanas en Los Altos
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