Your Gift of Change will support women working to build cooperatives and working collectives in the fields of agricultural and aretesania production
Zapatista women are often tasked with of bringing cash into the community. First and foremost, they often untake primary responsibility for obtaining clothing and addressing health needs – both of which often require cash. In addition, artistic production can often take place while women are carrying out other work and Zapatista women have been very creative at initiating small sales operations including bakeries, herbal gardens, and used clothing.
Schools for Chiapas purchases most of the sales items for our online store directly from Zapatista women’s cooperatives and from individual women producers. We pay the full asking price and pride a much needed source of income to women throughout the state of Chiapas. Often our sales occure far off the beaten track, allowing women who have little access to markets a chance to sell their goods.