Many villages in Oaxaca, South Mexico, are going through multiple crises: it has been subject to land dispossession for decades, and the 2017 earthquake disaster and COVID-19 economic recession have only exacerbated these issues. Our Womens of Una Mano Para Oaxaca aims to provide education for local people to improve their living conditions. This model strengthens their collective voice and power through healing, self-esteem, cultural, and artistic workshops for women and their children
There are very few professional and educational opportunities in the local area, where 58% of our population lives in poverty and 4 out of 10 young people migrate. The devaluation of women and artisans is a systemic problem that arises from established education systems and poverty. As well as the severe problem we are experiencing regarding the generational change in economic and sustainability matters, where young people are not interested in living in this territory
Our Community Center aims to value local and traditional crafts and offer opportunities for women to have a new productive activity to generate more income. Through the productive workshops, we provide a space for women to organize and make decisions collectively. The approach focuses on the human rights of women, youth and children by supporting their livelihoods based on reviving traditional trades, local knowledge and self-care.
The project can empower 150 women per year and accompany 80 children. It preserves local knowledge that was disappearing or not valued. Our courses in personal finance and business skills promote the generation of self-employment for women. Community healing is the basis of our programs so women can feel supported for problems they face due to the lack of programs with a gender perspective. The cultural activities help children value their culture and children will feel proud of their heritage.