Weaving for Justice: Supporting Education and Fair Trade
WEAVING FOR JUSTICE is a volunteer, non-profit organization working in solidarity with Maya women’s weaving cooperatives in highland Chiapas, Mexico. We are the major project of Sophia’s Circle, a 501(c)(3) women’s art and cultural organization. Our goal is to assist the members of the cooperatives to continue living on their ancestral lands in sustainable ways that respect their lands, language (Tzotzil), and traditions. We sell the weavers’ products through fair trade and inform the public about the women’s cultural traditions and their advocacy for human rights. All proceeds of sales go to the weavers to help them maintain their families, provide for their children’s education, and continue their pursuit of social justice. We also connect weaving cooperatives in Chiapas with women’s artisan groups in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands region.
Since its founding, Weaving for Justice has been guided by the principles of FAIR TRADE. Paying a fair wage in the local context, working directly with the weavers and bypassing middlepersons, we are able to offer the weavers a fair price for their work. The artisans in the cooperatives we work with set their own prices and we return all the proceeds from our sales to them. We use funds raised through memberships to pay fees for selling venues and to print the biographical tags and other educational literature that we distribute.
Thanks to your generous donations, the weavers of Tsobol Antzetik (Women United) finally have a meeting house and weaving center, Snail Jolobetik (House of Weavings), in Chixiltón, Chenalhó, Chiapas, where they hold meetings, weave together, display and sell their beautiful work, and welcome visitors. In April 2016, three of our board members had the honor of attending the inauguration ceremony to bless the new center. Please contact us for information about visiting the meeting house.
Spanish version of a weaver's story is available FREE here and on BOOKS FOR SALE page.
Pasar bien por la tierra.pdf
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