Citlalitzin from Aquixtla

In 1994 a group of friends from Mexico City interested in developing training and employment opportunities for indigenous communities visited the communities of Aquixtla located on northern Puebla. They realized how isolated such communities were and how difficult it was for them to make progress. Many of them migrated to larger cities looking for better opportunities. In 1995, Citlalitzin was born under the mission of improving the lives of women from underserved indigenous communities. Citlalitzin started building a sewing and knitting workshop center for 25 women from different communities around Aquixtla. In 2012, the center offered 37 workshops to over 500 women and a Christmas Bazaar in Mexico City sells the products these women make every year. Every year, Citlalitzin creates new designs for the artisans to make and purchase the fabrics and threads for the center so the artisans can have the materials available at an accessible price.