In the community of San Antonio Siho in the municipality of Halaco, there are few opportunities for artisan women. Since few to no means of distributing their products exist , artisans are obliged to lower their prices or leave their community to work in factories. Faced with this situation and convinced of the value of their work, the women of this artisanal paper cooperative know that economic independence strengthens women’s autonomy. With the objective of improving production and commercialization mechanisms for their products, the cooperative is developing the project Maya women form the state of Yucatan building new ways of working collectively. The project will allow them to receive training in gender equity and new paper dyeing techniques, as well as attend artisanal fairs in order to disseminate their products and promote their brand Kuxtal.
Based in the municipality of Chilon, the cooperative, made up of indigenous Tseltal women from Guaquitepec, works to consolidate their economic autonomy through selling local products such as beans, corn, and coffee, also promoting a healthy diet for themselves and their families. In the communities of the region, it is becoming ever more frequent to eat junk food and soda, mainly among girls, boys, and youth, which has led to health issues. With the project supported by Semillas, Tseltal women walking towards collective and productive economic autonomy within a consumer cooperative in the region of Guaquitepec, municipality of Chilón, Chiapas, women are being trained in the commercialization of products, administration and solidarity-based economy.
This cooperative is based in Chupon, a community in the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, and is made up of a group of Maya women who have been able to drive the economic autonomy of the women in the community and their families through the production and commercialization of marmalades. With the project, Sowing sees in the Maya community of Chupo, the members of this cooperative promote human rights and gender equality through workshops with young students and adult Maya women. Their objective is to contribute to diminishing the threat of alcoholism, violence, and machismo among women’s lives in the community. In order to strengthen the cooperative’s work, its members will also be trained in information technology.
Xpako’kba X_Ixiko’b SPR de RI (Women Planting Seeds)
According to data from SEDESOL, the municipality of Tumbala is located in one of the most marginalized areas in the state of Chiapas. Additionally, support programs for the countryside have diminished considerably, and projects driven by women have been completely left aside. With the project titled Seta mushroom production, economic sustenance for women>, the indigenous women who make up the group are being trained in financial education, administration, and women’s rights, in order to strengthen the cooperative, improve the quality and image of their production, and recognize women’s labor and leadership. Their bet is to broadly satisfy their market demands and continue “sowing seeds” so that families from the community of Benito Juarez in the municipality of Tumbala, may have their own income.
Indigenous women from eight communities within the municipalities of Chilon and Ocosingo, in the Lacandon Jungle of Chiapas are developing the project Women Living Well. 53 partners of this cooperative and other women from the communities are working on strengthening their self-esteem and are being trained in leadership with the objective of consolidating their organizational capacities and productive initiatives. The marginalization and conditions of poverty that are present in the communities are barriers that keep women from knowing their rights. Thus, the objective is to improve these indigenous women’s living conditions, as well as guarantee their and their family’s food safety. As part of the project, the members of the cooperative will organize a Tseltal Women’s Forum in the framework of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.