Women, ex-combatants, returned refugees, single mothers, marginalized communities - these are the Salvadoran artists with whom the CIS works. These artisans have formed cooperatives founded on the principles of fair wages, communal ownership, humane working conditions, and democratic participation. Their cooperatives are sources of encouragement and support. They struggle to compete with sweatshops, carry out their visions, and provide food, healthcare, and education to their families.
Through the artisan program, the CIS does more than sell and distribute crafts made by local cooperatives. We encourage strategies that empower local communities. By buying our crafts or selling them at your community events and local craft stores, you support the initiatives of the cooperatives in their search for an alternative economic model that supports the artisan and their community. Click the button below to find out more about the artisans we work with.
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Read what people have to say about Solidarity Crafts on the CIS Blog!
Blog entries on the Solidarity Crafts:
Hugs from Districto Italia
Delegation from University of Maryland School of Social Work
Marquette University Visits Colorada Island and Handbag Project
Indigo Dying Process Demonstration at San Luis Los Ranchos