El Moral

“Hacienda la Trinidad” sewing cooperative in El Moral was originally comprised of 20 members. The cooperative was inspired and initiated by its de facto leader Angelina Soto, a dynamo woman with a hardworking and cooperative spirit. The Center became involved in the cooperative after meeting Angelina and began bringing groups out to meet with the women of the cooperative working to secure better lives for them and their families in the face of globalization and a Mexican economy chronically high in unemployment. The majority of the women had husbands and children in the United States. In the fall of 2008, through donations and a small, low interest loan from the Center for Global Justice the cooperative was able to purchase a vehicle in order to sell their clothing in more distant communities. The cooperative currently consists of only 3 members, but is continuing to function and receive work. The Center for Global Justice supports this community through assistance in receiving technical training, building north/south solidarity for their project by bringing groups to visit, business connections and linkages within the San Miguel community, and helping the cooperative to develop the business skills it needs to survive.



    • Presentation of the work of the Center
    • Brief introduction to Globalization and NAFTA in Mexico
    • Information about the Community

    • Q & A session


    • tour of workshop and introduction to the coop members
    • Short history of the coop and their current work
    • Delicious lunch prepared by the community members
    • Dialogue between cooperative members and visitors about experiences and their lives



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