As part of a series of “fireside chats” sponsored by R.I.S.E. Artisan Fund, Kythzia Barrera and Rashmi Bharti spoke about the artisan-owned collective enterprises that they founded and continue to build, Colectivo 1050° and Earthcraft Self-Reliant Cooperative. Both founders define success in terms that put local stakeholders first. Rashmi Bharti spoke from Tripuradevi, in the mountain region of northern India. Barrera joined the conversation from Oaxaca, in the highlands of southern Mexico.
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The Marvin and Sylvia Rubin Family Foundation announced that it has awarded a grant to R.I.S.E. Artisan Fund to fund a textile project led by Maddalena Forcella and Ana Paula Fuentes, social designers based in Oaxaca in southern México.
The designers will be working with 26 indigenous weavers in San Bartolo Yautepec, a Zapotec village in the highlands of Oaxaca. Using back-strap looms that predate the arrival of Spanish colonialists, the Zapotec weavers produce fabric with intricate brocade motifs. The fabric is then used to create huipiles, traditional Mexican garments. “For us, these are some of the most beautiful huipiles in México,” Fuentes said. “But unfortunately the weaving tradition has been disappearing little by little, mainly because of the lack of markets. Many women have stopped weaving.”
With your support this past year, we helped our NGO partners in India provide:
Food rations and survival kits to families in rural Rajasthan and Bihar.
Education for the students of the Kaliyachak Girls School and food rations for their families during lockdown.
More than 2,500 days of work for laborers to reconstruct pynes in rural Bihar enabling them to support their families and improve the water supply for local farmers.
As part of our ecommerce operations, we provided advance payments to our partners so they could continue to pay the artisans working with them even though workshops and stores were closed during lockdowns.
In the Oaxacan village of San Bartolo Coyotepec, Silvia García Mateos is one of the members of Colectivo 1050°, an artisan cooperative steering the 2,500-year-old tradition of black pottery back to its sustainable roots. Photograph by Mariceu Erthal García, National Geographic
Rachna Sachasinh describes with care the pottery craft in Oaxaca and the work of the Colectivo 1050°, giving it the visibility it deserves.Shespoke withAmando Pedro, other artisans of the cooperative, and with Kythzia Barrera and Diego Mier y Terán about their experiences in the world of pottery in Oaxaca.
In the words and work of RSF Social Finance, “integrated capital is the coordinated use of different forms of financial capital and non-financial resources to support strategies and enterprises working to solve complex social and environmental problems.”