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Group of Wayuu women in colourful dresses under a traditional "enramada"
Group of Wayuu women and cofounder smiling in a traditional Indigenous "rancheria"


Wayuu woman in colourful "manta" dress and headscarf

Elsa Epieyu

Wayuu woman sitting in from of her home in colourful "manta" dress

Aideth Jusayu

Wayuu woman in colourful "manta" dress in a rural village

Cristina Ramírez

Wayuu woman in colourful "manta" dress and headscarf outside a traditional mud house

Carmen Epieyu

Wayuu woman in colourful "manta" dress and headscarf in a rural village

Yasmeli Pushaina

Wayuu woman in a headscarf and bright "manta" dress crocheting a colourful crossbody mochila bag

Georgina Ramirez

Wayuu woman in colourful "manta" dress and headscard in a rural village

Magalis Epiayu

Wayuu woman in a traditional "manta" dress in a rural village

Elvira Epiayu

Wayuu woman in red and white "manta" dress in a rural village

Mercedes Epieyu

Wayuu woman smiling and crocheting a beige crossbody mochila bag

Rosita Jusayu

Wayuu woman cooking on a traditional "llana" outdoor coal stove

Alba Epieyu

Wayuu woman in colourful "manta" dress in front of a traditional mud and stick house

Nancy Epieyu

Young Wayuu mother with her baby and crochet crossbody mochila bag

Mariluz Joanna Pushaina

Surrulat is home to around 40 Wayuu families that primarily engage in horticulture and weaving. All 13 of the artisans we work with in Surrulat are sole earners for their households, supporting their families with the money they earn from One Thread Collective.

Surrulat is one of the most remote communities we work with. Getting there from the city of Riohacha requires three forms of transportation and takes about two hours. Since there are no income earning opportunities in Surrulat outside of weaving, artisans used to have to brave the long trips to the city to sell their mochilas, spending more than 90% of their earnings on transportation

Group of women sitting in a circle in a traditional Wayuu village

Community members say Surrulat has been "abandoned by the municipality". Currently the community does not have running water because the program that constructed the well and installed the water pump stopped paying for mantainence.

Today, the villagers have to lift water from the community well in buckets by hand and carry it to their homes, making cultivation in the community agricultural plots very difficult. Climate change and prolonged droughts have made the growing season unreliable.

With our help, the artisans of Surrulat will work together to open a store that sells miscellaneous neccessities and weaving supplies. This will help villagers avoid long and expensive trips to the city to buy basic goods.


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