"We live to weave, and by our weavings, we live."
Luciana Vasquez, Coordinator
Xela AID's Tesoros del Corazon Weaving Cooperative
Established to support local artisans at a time that this ages-old traditional artform was dying out, for a full decade, Xela AID's first weaving cooperative returned between $5,000 and $8,000 annually to a group of weavers whose normal family income ranged from just $400 to $800 per year. This added income enabled women to contribute substantively to support of the family, and to send children to school.
While in its first phase, the project focused on the marketing of goods in the United States, Xela AID is currently working with its 13 weavers, Tesoros del Corazon, toward a more sustainable and self-reliant model: while we continue to market weavings in the United States, the organization is also providing training to the women to increase product quality, to diversify product line, and to become more proficient in marketing and administration.
Thanks to the generosity of a single donor, during its summer 2011 volunteer trip, Xela AID completed and opened a new weaving store. Training and marketing efforts continue to launch this new business located on a road to a local tourist attraction adjacent to Xela AID's June Russel-Glennon Clinic.
For additional information, contact Xela AID Fair Trade Weaving Cooperative Director Kathy Logan.