The Rarámuri, are an indigenous group that as many others have suffered severe discrimination for many generations now. They have been deprived of land and opportunities, resulting in high numbers of unemployment and poverty.
Today, in the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican border city struck by violence and famous for its feminicides, the Rarámuri are struggling to stay alive and to keep their cultural identity.
Finding a job is hard for the Rarámuris. It’s almost impossible for men and women to have a decent job.
Raràmuri women are skilled artisans widely known for their weaving and embroidery. They wear colorful skirts and blouses sewn by hand.
The attire is part of their identity, and is not something they are prepared to trade away. The more than 400 factories in Juarez do not allow them to wear their attire to work, which in turn deprives the women of job opportunities.
This is Maria Isidora. She is the Governor of the Raramuri Community, leading NI EN MORE Rarámuri. She has been employed in NI EN MORE since our beginning in 2017
Mexican drug cartels have their headquarters in Juárez and use the land of the Rarámuri for their illicit business. The level of drug related violence in the area is extreme, and the cartels regularly recruit amongst the community’s desperate, unemployed men.
These are the major reasons why in 2017, we founded NI EN MORE (trans = not one more), a social project to empower women in vulnerable conditions in Ciudad Juárez by creating jobs with fair salaries in a safe environment.
We do this through a sewing studio located in Cd. Juárez where we offer education and training to marginalized groups of women to provide them with the knowledge, experience and confidence to help make a difference in their living conditions.
In almost three years we have sold over 300 garments made by the Rarámuri women, which in turn has directly impacted thirteen families, resulting in a support cycle for the community. All profits have been re-invested in the studio but as great as this is, it is not enough for growing at the rate needed by the Rarámuri community.
The success of our first studio, inspired us to open a second studio in their own community, called NI EN MORE Rarámuri. Here, which will employ ten more women and impacting 10 more Rarámuri families. The neighborhood where the studio is located, is home to 97 families, and the studio will have a direct impact in more than 10% of the local families.
The new team, finished with their first sewing class, session,
Lolita, one of NI EN MORE Raramuri employees. She loves both the sewing and the dye process.
WE NEED HELP
The studio is finished, but we need your help to start production.
Our goal is to raise 10,000 USD to produce 80 dresses. The production of these dresses will allow our team to test and improve their sewing and dying techniques.
We are not interested mass-production. This would harm environment and put added burden to the system. Instead, all our garments are handmade and colored one by one, using botanical dyes. It takes up to 60 hours to make a dress. For us it’s important to create items with care and attention, and create an environment where the women can enjoy safety and productivity.
By helping these women we can instill hope in the whole community, and perhaps give the other women the courage to dream about a better future.
Candelaria (Cande) has been with NI EN MORE since the beginning. She will be responsible for sharing the dye technique to the new team.
To see what NI EN MORE makes, take a look HERE
MEET PART OF THE TEAM:
Maria Isidora: Guvernor of the Rararmuri Community and leading NI EN MORE Raramuri:
To learn more about our project, please see HERE
PLEASE JOIN US!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
- Eric Santiestevan
- Gregory Tomlin
- Amarantha Mejia
- Monica Salas
- Valeria M
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