Update regarding our food drive for artisans.
Thanks to your generous contributions, we distributed food relief to 18 artisan families in three Mexican states so far. We sent funds to them last week, and requested photos of what they purchased.
We heard from four families this weekend. They include a family of four in Chiapas – the maker of our Los Altos bags – his wife and two young sons. They don’t have a bank account, and live weekly on what they make from sales to shops and tourist, which are currently non-existent. In addition to contending with covid, there is also an ongoing territory war in their region, which has brought violence and uncertainty.
Our second family in Chiapas are an artisan couple and their two girls. They sell their handmade pompoms and amber jewelry in their market stall, which has been closed since March. Given this, they have minimal income, however they noted that their donation bought them enough food and supplies to last over two months.
We also donated to a household of eight, including four generations – two of which produce some of our wool textiles. They also rely on market sales, and noted that they have been going to bed hungry, as everything is closed.
Finally, we sent money to a family of eight on the Costa Chica of Oaxaca. They typically make a living from their handwoven textiles, along with music lessons. Their daughter asked us to share this note with you: “First of all, I want to thank you for the financial support you have given me and my family. I want to share a little about the situation that we are living in my community. Over two months ago, we ran out of jobs – my parents, sisters and I are not working at the moment. The coronavirus has affected us a lot because we cannot go out to sell our handmade crafts inside or outside of the community. Once again, I thank you for the support that you gave us. We send a big hug and God bless you.”
Check our stories for more details – in order to protect their privacy and their safety, we are not listing names, exact locations or showing the faces of recipients.#covid19 #community #supportartisans