We are 18 nahua women and we are wool embroiderers.
In Hueyapan, a municipality in the mountains of Puebla, women have very few opportunities of going to school and having a dignified job.
This is because the community expects us to be just mothers and wives. This is a very unfair role because it forces us to economically depend on the men in our families and it robs us from the opportunity of achieving our dreams.
We created “Chiwik” to have a safe space in which to embroider and make textiles in the traditional “telar de cintura”. With our work, we generate income that allows us to break the bonds of dependency with men, leave submission behind and see ourselves as able to make it on our own.
In our group we have master artisans, adult and young, and we work together with the commitment of teaching each other what we know and preserve our nahua identity.
All our processes are 100% artisanal, from dyeing to wool to the embroidery of the pieces.
We need your help to create a space that we will call “Chiwik Tajsal”, where we will meet to make our products and receive training on innovation and textile design.
We want to launch a new line of artisanal and sustainable clothing aimed to conscious consumers, women who take care of the environment and who are concerned about social justice.
Additionally, we will launch an online store to connect artisans, collaborators and consumers.
We need you to achieve this!
How much money do we need and how will it be used?
The money that we will receive will be used to cover three main needs:
1. Construction and renovation of spaces
Right now, we have a working space, but it is a very austere construction where some parts don’t have a roof or interior finishes. Our plan is to renovate the space so we can have a workshop, a storehouse and a showroom. The construction will be done by a bioconstruction women’s collective that will use the resources in the region to lower costs. For this we will need $1,000 USD.
2. Production machinery
We need three industrial sewing machines that cost $1,338 USD in total.
3. Capacity building
We need three workshops: gender justice, digital communication and management, for $450 USD, business model and solidarity economy in sustainable fashion for $162 USD, and product quality and environmental impact mitigation for $50 USD.
Who are we?
“Chiwik” is a collective of artisan women in Puebla, Mexico. We have been working together for almost 3 years.
In this project we are working along Oxfam Mexico, a Mexican NGO dedicated to fighting against inequality and poverty. Oxfam Mexico is part of the Oxfam confederation, with presence in 94 countries.
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