Binni Biaani Projects

Project Costa Chica (Guerrero, Mexico) - In progress

Currently, in the village of Costa Chica, there is a growing problem of violence and gender vulnerability due to various causes. The first, is related to the patriarchal and machista values and education of the dominant Afro-mestizo culture, and the second is related to alcoholism, abandonment and the economic precariousness of marginalization and poverty. The Female Leadership Program For Productive Entrepreneurship developed and run by Binni Biaani, is a training and consulting program that has been specially designed to promote the value of women undergoing conditions of violence and gender vulnerability. This is accomplished by developing skills, abilities and technical competencies that have value in the local market that invest in a local group of women that can provide services to the local market, generate products and services, help each other and set up a reliable income source. 

Women and Girls First will be traveling to the village of Costa Chica between April 19th - April 27th to deliver donations collected up until April 15th. Your money will go directly towards funding both the Leadership Program and to supplies required for each specific trade. We are working to give you more specifics about each woman's story and need. Click here for more info.

Project Ixtaltapec (Oaxaca, Mexico) - Completed

In January, we completed the sponsorship of 6 women from the rural village of Ixtaltapec. This village was hit hard by floods caused by an earthquake that devastated the small town in 2017. Below is a list of the women we helped.

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Shemavi (39 y/o)
Personal Statement: "For me this project is very important because it carries a message of hope to other women, through our dolls we teach our traditional clothing and our Zapotec language in their names, it helps me a lot to do them since I have a bone disease that does not allow me to have regular jobs"
Sponsorship Cost: $90.54 ($85.54 + $5 money transfer fee)
Where did the money go(US dollars)?
  • Supplies (fabric, yarn, scissors, fabrics, needles, embroidery floss, labels) $30.00
  • Skills training in economic model $50.00 & transportation to get the materials $5.00
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Serafina (47 y/o)
Skill: rag dolls in traditional indigenous clothing who fight for women's causes.
Personal Statement: “It is very important that we as Zapotec women can share our culture and generate our own economy.”
Sponsorship Cost: $90.00 ($85.00 + $5 money transfer fee)
Where did the money go(US dollars)?
  • Supplies (fabric, yarn, scissors, fabrics, needles, embroidery floss, labels) $30.00
  • Skills training in economic model $50.00
  • Transportation to get the materials $5.00
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Felipa (65y/o)

Skill: banana seeder/died fruit producer
Personal Statement: “Making different techniques for dehydration of bananas and cooking them to be able to sell them in the market and sustain myself as a widowed woman drives me to get ahead.”
Sponsorship Cost: $125.00 ($121.00 + $4 money transfer fee)
Where did the money go (US dollars)?​

  • Organic compost, planting banana plants, kitchen utensils, cooking supplies, food dehydrator,  -$101.00; Training - $20.00 & Money transfer fee $4

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Anabel (32 y/o)

Skill: traditional embroidery on t-shirts

Personal Statement: " I love the traditional embroidery of my Zapotec culture that is why with my project I want to embroider garments that can be used in a common way and that can reach people from different parts”

Sponsorship Cost: $ 110.67 ($105.67 + $5 money transfer fee)

Where did the money go (In US dollars)?

  •   Supplies (T-shirts, embroidery threads, needles, sewing hoops, hoop, fabric crayons, scissors) $40.26

  • Skills training for embroidery with elders (6 months) $30.19

  • Skills training for economic model (6 months) $30.19 & transportation to get materials $5.03

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Gabriela (31 y/o)​​

Skill: traditional pottery

Personal Statement: " I would like to continue painting and creating original pieces that can be sold outside my town to support myself and my mom who depends financially on me and I wish I could teach other women so we can have our own businesses”

Sponsorship Cost: $138.85 ($133.85 + $5 money transfer fee

Where did the money go (In US dollars)?

  • Supplies (pottery, clay, paint, brushes) $48.31

  • skills training with facilitator for painting (6 months) $30.19

  • skills training with facilitator for pottery making (6 months) $50.32 & transportation to get the materials $5.03

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Yolanda (49y/o)

Skill: rag dolls in traditional indigenous clothing who fight for women's causes.

Personal Statement: " I really like this project because it has allowed me to find a space of comfort and safety with my colleagues and a different possibility of empowering myself as a woman”

Sponsorship Cost: $89.54 ($85.54 + $5 money transfer fee)

Where did the money go (In US dollars)?

  • Supplies (fabric, yarn, scissors, fabrics, needles, embroidery floss, labels) $30.19

  • Skills training in economic model $50.32 & Transportation to get the materials $5.03 

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