Siempre Viva ensures that all items support someone else in a productive way. We work directly with artisans in different indigenous areas of Mexico including Suchitlan, Colima, Oaxaca and San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. We make sure to pay them directly to ensure fair pay and working conditions. Our goal is to create economic opportunity within rural areas while preserving ancient traditions that have been passed down for centuries. We provide business mentoring to women who are able to start their own businesses by producing for us. By empowering women through employment opportunities, we provide them with a realistic + sustainble way to lift their families out of poverty.
Working within the rural communities of Chiapas, Sally felt called to partner with a non-profit who works to better the community. Upon research, we found the Melel Xojobal Org anization. Melel Xojobal's mission is to empower the indigenous urban and rural population in Chiapas, mainly children, with participatory processes in education and communication. This is done with an eye toward improving their quality of life and reinforcing their dignity. The philosophy is based on education and a humanist vision that promotes the strengthening of the cultural identity and the social transformation of the native towns. We are now working with them to promote + fund campaigns within their mission in + around San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.
Sally lived for many years in her home town's sister city, Colima, Mexico. It is one of her goals to help foster the relationship between these two cities. Sally is the co-curator of the of the Norman Arts Council's Cultural Connections Program. This program seeks to further bonds between the two cities through an artist exchange. She is helping Erin Gavanaugh, the Director of the Norman Arts Council, organize, plan + excuse both ends of the exchange.