AID TO ARTISANS GROUP
Chiapas is a state of tall, cool mountains, deep azure ponds and roaring waterfalls hidden along the way. Tucked into all of this immense beauty, Mayan women weave on back strap looms in the same way their mothers wove on this land. With vibrant colors and designs inspired by nature, these weavers tell stories of their families, their heritage and their own lives. Crafts are the second largest source of income in developing countries, behind agriculture, but this remote area of Mexico has been marginalized from the global market access that the rest of the country enjoys. Aid to Artisans (ATA), a network of artisans in 110 countries, partners with 40 groups of weavers and embroiderers in Chiapas to open new markets and ensure stable, fair incomes. Additionally, ATA helps to build successful craft enterprises by equipping artisans with business skills that are adaptable to the ever-changing requirements of the modern market place. They offer programs in design innovation, leadership & organization, business training and production logistics to assure lasting economic growth that will continue to support artisan communities.
We love partnering with this network of co-operatives who receive valuable mentorship and connections through their work as traditional weavers. In addition to payment for their work, we invest 10% of our profits directly into a project voted upon by the groups of ATA Chiapas.