October 15 is the International Day of Rural Woman and a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of rural women Entrepreneurs in Mexico.
I would like to make a special mention to our Indigenous Entrepreneurs that collaborate directly with Malaquita Collective. Some of our regular readers might already know the essence of Malaquita, but to our new readers I want to give a little bit of background about what Malaquita is.
Malaquita Design was born as a collective with one clear goal. Unite Contemporary Mexican Design with the traditional indigenous handcrafts of our beautiful Mexico. For this Article I have chosen 2 of the our collaborators that empower Indigenous women to create their own brands & cooperatives. We collaborate with may other collectives but this 2 I am presenting next were created by Indiginous Entrepreneurs.
1. Jolom Mayaetik
This co-op started n 1985 and established as A.C. They have been in business since 1995 and includes 250 women weavers from the highlands of Chiapas. Jolom Mayaetik, translates to “Women Who Weave” from Mayan Tzotzil.
The organization promotes sustainable economic development for indigenous women, in a democratic structure run collectively by general assemblies and a popular vote.
Unlike more traditional cooperatives in Mexico, the weavers of Jolom Mayaetik are also advancing human rights through educational programs, cultural empowerment, and political mobilization. Committed to improving the lives of indigenous women, members of the Jolom Mayaetik are weaving with a powerful, collective voice.
If you are visiting San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas make sure to stop by this cooperative where you will be able to experience how this organization works and could meet some of their leaders and participants while exploring their very unique lifestyle and their inspirations for expressed through their looms.
Visit them: https://cooperativajolom.wordpress.com/quienes/
Here are some Products we have created in collaboration with their magical touch.