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Working with Indigenous Artisan Women in Mexico

Patricia Barroso - C&A Foundation
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March 8, 2017

For the past two years, C&A Foundation has been partnering with C&A to celebrate women through a campaign called Inspiring Women. Over a period of a few weeks each year, C&A colleagues are encouraged to share stories of the women that have inspired them. For each story shared, C&A Foundation makes a EUR 10 donation to a women's charity.

In 2016, more than 8,000 C&A colleagues in Mexico and Brazil participated in the campaign, raising a total of EUR 398,000 for 15 organizations; one of them was the Mexican organization Red Niu Matat Napawika.

For over 10 years, Red Niu Matat Napawika has supported around 3,000 indigenous artisan women from 12 Mexican states, teaching them business skills such as accounting, administration and quality control. This has enabled them to access large-scale national and international markets, and get a fair price for their traditional textile craftsmanship.

With the funds raised over the past two years of Inspiring Women, Red Niu Matat Napawika provided training to 62 artisan women from five communities of the Chamula region in Chiapas, who work making traditional textiles using a waist loom technique.

They also created a “raw material fund,” to be able to buy thread and fabric in bulk. That allowed the artisans to have a reliable and constant supply of inputs at better prices, not only improving their businesses but also allowing them to balance work and home life better.

...In honor of Women's Day and during the month of March, C&A Mexico will launch a collection of women's denim shorts that integrates the textiles created by these indigenous communities.

Learn more at the C&A Foundation website

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