About us

Juxta is a social enterprise where we promote the autonomy and self-management of artisan women from the indigenous peoples of Chiapas through a commercial platform that offers contemporary textiles, using ancestral techniques.

SOCAP23, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

How do we do it?

At Juxta, as a social enterprise, we are committed to the proper inclusion of us Mayan Tsotsil and Tseltal artisans women and our cooperatives, which we participate as producers, partners and owners of the platform. The model is based on three pillars: the ethical cost of the product, an equitable share of net profits and reinvestments in corporate social responsibility. This approach seeks to maximize economic benefits for us, promoting sustainability and our personal, family and community development. Currently, we collaborate with 83 women artisans from Chiapas, specialized in backstrap loom, brocade and embroidery. Since our launch in June 2021, we promote transparency, traceability and horizontal relationships to promote our strengthening.

OUR HISTORY

In the wooded landscapes of Los Altos de Chiapas, a group of women artisans met with Adriana Aguerrebere (RIP) with the purpose of beginning to weave a new story. Adriana was a visionary woman who founded NGOimpacto in 2012 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico, with the firm conviction of transforming our lives. Her goal was focused on professionalizing our textile production and marketing processes, in order to battle inequality and unethical practices that we face in the market.

In 2013, we began a journey of strengthening and growth. The training provided by NGOimpacto focused on improving our technical-productive skills, human development and good governance. As we have improved our capabilities, we have developed resilient skills to face the challenges of production processes. This has allowed us to give way to the creation of textile pieces made with ancestral techniques in backstrap loom, brocade and embroidery that, combined with a contemporary design, give us an important differentiator on a commercial level. All these achievements lay the foundation for the creation of our project.

As a result, in 2021, the first cooperatives were formalized. This initiative has had a significant impact, not only boosting the leadership and confidence of us women, but also allowing us to exercise our rights and protect the cultural heritage of our people. Additionally, we have established ethical business relationships with conscious consumers and co-created learning communities.

This journey has been a catalyst for our self-esteem and leadership, bringing us ever closer to autonomy and sustainable social entrepreneurship. The ultimate goal is the good living, or Lekil Kuxlejal, where prosperity and happiness are intertwined with respect for the land and culture

PARTNERS

83 Artisan Women (Tsotsiles and Tseltales)

  • Luchetik
  • Choy Spolavil
  • Yaxinal Antsetik
  • Bak Luch
  • Nichimetik Maya
  • Nichimal Kuxlejal
  • Achluch

The indigenous cosmovision of Los Altos de Chiapas stands out for its respect for nature, life and, above all, the search for good living, from which comes a philosophy coined in the Tsotsil and Tseltal peoples called Lekil Kixlejal, and whose literal translation into Spanish is understood as: harmony of life.

HANDMADE IN UNITY RESPECT & HARMONY