Through our Mino-Niibi Fund, we support the Empowering Totobiegosode Communities: Phase II project in the Gran Chago, Paraguay, to continue the work of the Women's Weaving Bank, which provides recently-contacted Ayoreo women with economic alternatives through their traditional creation of hand-woven bags using Native plant materials. It will also provide capacity development support to the OPIT organization.

Traditional handwoven artisan-made plant fiber bags created by the fair trade women's weaving cooperative to empower Totobiegosode women, their families, and their community organization. 

Traditional handwoven artisan-made plant fiber bags created by the fair trade women's weaving cooperative to empower Totobiegosode women, their families, and their community organization. 

To support the Empowering Totobiegosode Communities: Phase II project to continue the work of the Women's Weaving Bank, which provides recently-contacted Ayoreo women with economic alternatives through their traditional creation of hand-woven bags using Native plant materials. It will also provide capacity development support to the OPIT organization.

OPIT is a tribal organization formed in 2005 by recently contacted Totobiegosode-Ayoreo from the Gran Chaco of Paraguay to assert their autonomy against outside projects aimed at their communities and to assert their internationally and nationally guaranteed rights to ancestral territories and culturally specific self-determination. The first year of funding that TCC provided to OPIT was the first project of its kind to ever be directly managed by Ayoreo communities without outside oversight.  As such, it represents a historic milestone in the ongoing struggles of Totobiegosode for sovereignties of various kinds. 

To learn more about the organization and the weaving process, click here.

For more information about the Ayoreo of the Gran Chaco Region, click here.