Magdelana and Guillermina creating new jewellery

Magdelana and Guillermina creating new jewellery

Tiofilo Alura creating silver jewllery

Tiofilo Alura creating silver jewllery

Marciela adding tiny flowers into resin jewellery

Marciela adding tiny flowers into resin jewellery

Benito and Elias polishing finished jewellery

Benito and Elias polishing finished jewellery

Unión Progresista Artesanal (UPA)

Mexico

Unión Progresista Artesanal (UPA) is a small co-operative made up of 12 members who are silver smiths, the main industry in the Mexican rural village of Taxco el Viejo. The co-operative was established to bypass middlemen and help villagers work collectively to raise their incomes through co-operation, self-improvement and community development.