Union Progresista Artesanal
Union Progresista Artesanal is a fair trade jewelry cooperative located in Taxco el Viejo, a city famous for silver mining. Your purchase ensures artisans a fair wage and freedom from exploitation. A livable, steady income enables them to provide for their basic needs, keep their families together, and their children in school.
Located in the silver-rich mountains of Guerrero, the small village of Taxco el Viejo was the center of silver mining throughout the 20th century. Subject to pricing set by middlemen, though, even the sale of jewelry and farming income was unsustainable. In 1986, 26 jewelry makers formed the fair trade cooperative Union Progresista Artesanal (UPA) to collectively raise their incomes. By producing and marketing their products together, artisans were able to gain direct access to buyers. The result was stable income for their families and a commitment to self-improvement and community development. UPA has initiated garbage collection campaigns, school donations, and youth programs. While many people in the surrounding area of Guerrero have been forced to migrate to cities in search of work, members of UPA have been able to remain in their village and earn a livable income.
Shop handmade products by Union Progresista Artesanal below.