The September of 2017 earthquakes in Mexico not only destroyed homes and took lives but they also affected the regional economies in Juchitán, Oaxaca, Mexico. The Comité Melendre, a community grassroots organization, launched initiatives aimed at reactivating the regional economies of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec area in Oaxaca. De Pueblo a Pueblo-Narra Foundation selected two of the Comité Melendre’s projects, both of which are lead by women:
1) The Tejiendo Hermandad (Weaving Sisterhood/Brotherhood) initiative seeks to reenergize the full chain of weavers’ regional economy: carpenters, fabric and thread merchants, artists and weavers who make huipiles or traditional female indigenous garments.
2) “Adopta un horno” (“Adopt an Oven,”) provides clay ovens to food makers who lost them in the earthquake. By having these ovens, corn-food producers can earn their living, and help reestablish the economic vitality of the region.
On April 18, 2018, De Pueblo a Pueblo donated $3500 to Comité Melendre. This money is financing clay ovens for 25 families, and 15 huipiles for elderly women who lost their homes to the September 2017 earthquakes. In addition, De Pueblo a Pueblo donation is providing fabric and threads for one weaver.
De Pueblo a Pueblo modest yet heartfelt contribution is undoubtedly making a difference in the lives of many families in the state of Oaxaca. This way, De Pueblo a Pueblo fulfilled its goals of facilitating economic activities that provide revenues to a community, supporting local businesses, and rebuilding disenfranchised communities.