When sourcing for our shop, we ask all of the questions so that you don't have to. It is our goal to support female entrepreneurs, artists + give-back brands. We make sure that the brands we carry have direct relationships with their artisan groups/manufacturers to ensure safe working conditions + fair pay.
Siempre Viva Buying Principles:
- Does it empower others?
- Does it respect the environment?
- Were safe working conditions + fair wages paid?
Siempre Viva ensures that all items in the SV line support someone else in a productive way. We work directly with indigenous artisans in different areas of Mexico including Suchitlan, Colima, Oaxaca and San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. We make sure to pay them directly to ensure fair pay and working conditions. Our goal is to create economic opportunity within rural areas while preserving ancient traditions that have been passed down for centuries. We provide business mentoring to women who are able to start their own businesses by producing for us. By empowering women through employment opportunities, we provide them with a realistic + sustainable way to lift their families out of poverty.
Sally lived for many years in her home town's sister city, Colima, Mexico. It is one of her goals to help foster the relationship between these two cities. Sally is the co-curator of the of the Norman Arts Council's Cultural Connections Program. This program seeks to further bonds between the two cities through an artist exchange. She is helping Erin Gavanaugh, the Director of the Norman Arts Council, organize, plan + excuse both ends of the exchange.