In 1981, displaced women garment workers established La Mujer Obrera to broaden economic and educational opportunities for the South Central neighborhood of El Paso, Texas, particularly displaced women workers and Spanish-speaking community members. Our mission is to improve the economic, social, educational, health and living conditions of low-income Hispanic families, while helping revitalize the former Garment District where many women and their families worked, before global economic restructuring led to the loss of 35,000 jobs, mainly in the garment industry.
Today, La Mujer Obrera is an internationally acclaimed community-based organization creating cultural and economic development that recognizes Mexican immigrant workers’ heritage and contributions to El Paso. Our efforts to preserve, adapt, and present the diverse historic and living traditions of the Mexican people are integral to fulfilling the most basic needs and uphold the most basic human rights: access to education, work, health, housing and nourishment, the rights to live in peace and participate fully in civil society.
Our mission is thus to develop and use our creative capacity to express the dignity and diversity of our Mexican heritage, from indigenous Mesoamerican roots to contemporary expressions, and to develop and celebrate our community through economic development, community building, and civic engagement. We provide programs to address immediate needs such as English and GED classes, leadership training, and microenterprise opportunities. We also plan for long term needs including the creation of fair and sustainable economic development and strengthening of the local food system.
Our projects include cultural events programming, adult and youth education programming, museum administration, nutrition education based on ancestral knowledge, community organizing, fundraising, promotion and marketing, and more..!
If you are interested in learning more or volunteering, contact Rubi at orozco.rubi [at] gmail.com. To make a tax-deductable donation, click here.