Coffee, Justice, and Cultivating Change


This request for community support is specifically to allow a us to travel to communities in the US during 2019 and 2020 to develop international relationships and partnerships for the projects of the Tseltal community in Chiapas.

Our community's most urgent project is the development of the Tseltal system of legal and political self-regulation. The current political climate of the region endangers the path to autonomy for the people. When the local government works to prevent the development of self-determination, which is within the constitutional rights of the indigenous people in the state of Chiapas (2nd amendment), it is with the intent to keep them powerless to self-regulate, organize, and adequately defend the ownership of their land and transmission of their culture. 

Your assistance affords our team the ability to tell the story of the Tseltal-Maya community and locate partners and resources to accompany them on this journey to their dream of "Good Life," which encompasses the ownership of their land, food security, safe places to live and have community, dignity for their work, social organization, legal and political self-regulation, the continuation of their native church (the Mayan rite) in their own language, and to promote the direct market access of their organic products (coffee, honey, soap, and textiles) from the community. 

Thank you for your help in these critical efforts to build the needed relationships and resources for this community to move forward in their journey to "Good Life." 

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Please continue to read for more details about the community and their work!

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Summary:

Our current project is with the Tseltal-Maya community and Misión Bachajón in Chiapas, Mexico. This community has developed an impressive sustainable alternative economic model around their organic coffee, organic honey, and handmade soaps enabling them to address exploitation and poverty (the root causes of forced migration from the region). We are partnering with this community to develop a variety of global relationships that increase market access for their products, create collaborative efforts on projects, and assist with foundational funding needed to begin sustainable projects in the region.

In short, we want to participate in telling their story (and ours) and invite all of you to come sit at the table with us and create something innovative and beautiful!

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A little more info:

We have had the privilege of developing a relationships with Misión Bachajón, a 60 year old Jesuit mission in the mountains of southern Mexico. The collaboration of the Tsetlal people and the mission community became the foundation for launching a cooperative and alternative economic model for the Tseltal producers of coffee and honey.
The Yomol A’tel cooperative is composed of solidarity companies that include communities of coffee growers (Ts’umbal Xitalha’), artisanal coffee roasters (Bats’il Maya), cafes (Capeltic Nuestro Cafe), honey producers (Chabtic Nuestro Miel), and producers of natural products made with locally grown ingredients (Xapontic).

The Tseltal community has been collaborating with the global community to develop a thriving economic model that empowers them to control the value chain, retain capital, and prioritizes economic, social, cultural and environmental sustainability.

The economic stability this model can create supports the other sustainable projects beyond the agricultural life of the community. In collaboration with the mission and other organizations, the Tseltal community engages in projects that pave their path to complete autonomy. These projects include the development of a communal government and legal system consistent with their indigenous culture and values, research and development of innovative organic farming methods, agricultural diversity, strengthening of the indigenous church, integrated and intercultural education, reconstruction of the social fabric, and other sustainable projects.

We are honored to get to sit at the table, to become friends and build a partnership with this community - to join their path to autonomy through their innovative projects. We also want to learn and better understand their model and perspectives, first hand, so we can begin to explore it as a guide to alternative economies and its potential for significant impact on global poverty.

If you want to learn more, below are some websites and articles. We welcome you to be part of the journey with us. Together, lasting change is possible!


Websites:
Our Website: www.onehomecollective.org
Misión Bachajón: www.mb.org.mx
The cooperative: www.yomolatel.org
The Capeltic Cafes: www.capeltic.org
US Market Access (you can order the products from here!): www.inissor.com 

Articles (in English):
http://jesuitscentralsouthern.org/story?TN=PROJECT-20190701030915
https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2019/03/29/whats-your-cup-coffee-capeltic-chiapas-based-cooperative-serving

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Thank you for being part of the OneHome Collective family! Please feel free to reach out to me! I currently reside in Chiapas with the Mission of Bachajon and the Tseltal community, but can be contacted at onehomecollective@gmail.com or WhatsApp +1 678 559 6045. I'm alsways happy to connect with people who are part of our extended family! 

Abrazos!
Leigh

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