October Artisan Fund – Tonalá, Mexico

We work with artisans all over the world to bring our subscribers beautiful handmade products. Every month, our Artisan Fund raises money for one of those groups, so that as well as helping to create fair and sustainable wages for artisans, we can contribute to projects that matter to their community. We work closely with our partners to create a program that meets the specialized needs of a particular group. 

This month, we’re launching an Artisan Fund in Tonalá, Mexico to continue our ongoing commitment to Cristaluc in this area.


For the October Artisan Fund, we are raising $1,625 to provide a 6-hour emotional health workshop and 1-month worth of follow ups for all 40 employees.


 

“Who taught you how to identify and manage your emotions, how to recognize them when they arose and navigate your way through them? For many adults, the answer is: No one.”

 

Mexico largely has a culture of traditional masculinity and machismo. Sociologists in the Wall Street Journal have said there’s a “deeply-rooted sense of machismo: men are raised to understand their role in society as providers and protectors.” As a result, men carry a lot of societal pressure and expectation within work environments. According to Hofstede Insights, a cultural analysis organization, conflicts can often be “resolved by fighting them out.”

Cristaluc is the glassblowing factory that makes some of your favorite GlobeIn items, like stemless wine glasses. At this factory, all of the artisans are male. While they are talented and hardworking, this does not mean that they’re absent from the male-dominated culture that is typical of Mexico. They are typically the head of their households and are expected to financially support their parents or their own families. Coupled with the cultural norm of not discussing emotions, the male artisans have many pressures that can build up over time. 

Cristaluc’s managers and artisans reported that most of these negative behaviors may be attributed to a lack of knowledge on understanding and dealing with emotions. The factory recently brought on a psychologist who supports the artisans but she is only at the factory for 5 hours a week. Even with these services, it can be difficult for artisans to reach out if they are not aware of their emotional states. 


 

We hope to bring Cuahutli Arau, a renowned speaker who focuses on self-knowledge and males, to the factory. The upper management chose Cuahutli because he’s a very high-energy speaker who knows how to engage the audience’s attention while talking about topics that may be uncomfortable for the male artisans. He’s very well known in Tonalá for helping companies and factories with this specific issue. 

Instead of teaching the employees how to be falsely positive all of the time, the workshop will demonstrate that negative emotions should be recognized and channeled in a productive manner. The participants will learn how to recognize when there are toxic behavior patterns and also why they were formed. They will also understand how to use their new knowledge to create better health, improve relationships, and turn problems into opportunities for learning and growth. This workshop will be a tool for them to improve their lives both personally and professionally. 

According to the New York Times, Gendes, a research organization that promotes healthy social development in Mexico City, is “confronting the entrenched ideas fueling machismo” through counseling and educational services. At GlobeIn and Cristaluc, we hope to do the same with this workshop, and the employees will also be able to reach out to the speaker for any follow-up questions or guidance during that month. 

Our goal is to encourage a healthy and safe lifestyle and work environments for artisans around the world!


As a reminder, the Artisan Fund is a pool of money that is used for the development of artisan communities. 100% of the proceeds go directly towards community workshops for a predetermined artisan group. We collaborate with them to understand how the money is best spent, based on their needs. 

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