The Casa’s Economic Justice Program works to promote and strengthen economic alternatives in Mexico, especially solidarity economics. We support Mexican cooperatives and other small producers to help combat poverty and promote economic independence while raising awareness in the Casa community about poverty, inequality, and popular efforts to promote economic justice.
Our Current Projects
Selling Products in Solidarity: The Casa’s Point of Sale
Casa de los Amigos works closely with three initiatives to promote local economies through maintaining a point of sale in the Casa reception.
Flor de Mazahua
The first women’s cooperative in Mexico City, Flor de Mazahua was founded in 1989 after a decades-long struggle. These indigenous Mazahua women, from the mountains in the states of Mexico and Hidalgo, have faced discrimination and poverty but now have their own workshop in the city. Their dolls are their best known products, but they also make rebozos (similar to shawls), shirts, embroidered cards, and more.
The name of this cooperative from Zautla in the state of Puebla means “Together we will grow” in the indigenous language Nahuatl, One of “Pankizaske’s” goals is to provide an alternative to migrating to Mexico City or the U.S. The cooperative also promotes solidarity and respect for the environment; they produce honey, jams, and chiles using techniques that minimize the impact on the environment.
Las Patronas, from La Patrona in the state of Veracruz, are a group of women who prepare food, water and medicine to give to the migrants who travel atop the trains to Mexico. The income from sales of “Chile Macho / Polvo de Oro” supports them in their efforts.
Practicing Solidarity Economics: Members of the Red Tlaloc
The Casa is a member of the Red Tlaloc, an association of local producers, service-providers, activists and intellectuals who support alternative currencies. Using the currency “Tlaloc”, we trade goods and services without having to participate in the traditional economy.
We also participate in other networks in Mexico City, like the Feria de Multitrueque de Mixhiuca, a people’s market that uses bartering and community currency.
Awareness and Education
The Committee hosts groups who are interested in learning more about economic justice in Mexico and how it relates to migration. This includes daylong activities as well as intensive weeklong service-learning trips. We also organize events, discussions and workshops.
*If you’d like to organize an event at the Casa or are interested in participating in one of our visits or trips, please call 57 05 05 21 or email email@example.com
Cinemoneda: Monthly Nights of “Cine, Conciencia y Convivencia” Every last Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm, we show a movie or documentary related to economics and justice and afterward host a discussion. Come join us!
The members of the Committee attend events, meetings, conferences and workshops in Mexico City, forming part of the community that advocates for economic justice.