25 Feb Help us raise funds for women in Bolivia
Q: What’s better than empowering women to thrive economically, during the Fairtrade Fortnight, in a sustainable way that is good for the community?
A: Like, literally nothing?
ASOMART (the asociacion de mujeres artesanas, which literally translates to the association of women craft-workers) works to empower women all over the Salar de Uyuni. They do this by organizing knitting and sewing courses that teach them how to make Bolivian fabrics and clothes, providing sewing machines and weaving looms the women can use to create their pieces, and finally, they help them to sell their clothes, fabrics and other pieces in La Paz.
Last year we attended the Fairtrade Fortnight in the UK, and put the call out to help us raise funds for the Fairtrade Foundation. Thanks to our supporters’ generosity, FAIR contributed to £1500.
This year Fairtrade is campaigning for a living income to become a reality for cocoa farmers in West Africa with a provoking tagline «She deserves £1.98». We want to take this opportunity to give back to the community that has been giving to us in so many ways since our founding.
But for that , WE NEED YOU!
🇬🇧 If you are in the UK, please visit these accounts during the next two weeks and drink cocktails! All these cocktail bars are donating £1 per cocktail to ASOMART. Click on Google Map below to find the closest participating bar!
🌎 If you’re anywhere else in the world, you can still participate to our GoFundMe fundraising campaign:
So how are we connected to ASOMART, and how what we are doing is going to help them? Great questions, both of them. And ones we wanted to answer (obviously, because that is the purpose of this article lol), so thank you for asking.
ASOMART is linked to the quinoa co-op that we source grain from, ANAPQUI (The National Association of Quinoa Producers), so that explains how we found out about them. ANAPQUI works with 15 different producer’s associations located all over the Salar de Uyuni, but right now, there is only one place where women from the region can come and create, near the co-op in Challapata. Some of the producers and women live very far from Challapata, making it impossible for women further away to come and work at ASOMART for a day.
Our/your sponsorship will be used to help ASOMART in their development. In particular, it will be used to:
- Create two new offices in the Salar de Uyuni
- Buy equipment, such as sewing and knitting machines, computers, and printers
- Buy wool and materials used to produce fabrics and clothes
- Pay the teachers that come from La Paz
Our idea is to empower women from all communities of ANAPQUI and give them the chance to be part of this association. Right now, only 44 women benefit directly from this association, and the goal is to help 106 women through your/our sponsorship.
We are so proud to be supporting this community and these women to create independent economic lives.