RFL rookie or regular:
Regular. “I’ve been here dozens of times!”
What she does:
Sarah is an intern for Teysha, an Austin-based organization that works with multiple indigenous groups in Central America. Teysha helps the groups preserve their culture and live sustainably by selling hats, headbands, scarves and shoes with their tapestry designs. The organization helps put their artwork on an international market, while increasing economic opportunity for the artisans.
What she’s researching:
She’s researching grants for community development projects in Panama and Guatemala. She has found a lot of different foundations that offer grant possibilities. Keywords used include ‘community development,’ ‘Panama,’ and ‘indigenous.’
“It’s just finding the one that’s right for your organization that’s challenging.”
Specifically, Sarah is searching for a grant to fund a commodore, or dining hall, for children in Panama.
More about the org:
Teysha sells its products online, along with at festivals such as Austin City Limits and at local farmers markets. It currently has a pop-up shop open for the holidays in downtown Austin. According to the Teysha website, it pays 2-5 times the market price to the artisans for their textiles.
“It’s not just a business,” Sarah says about Teysha. “It’s socially conscious.”
Thanks for the interview, Sarah! What an awesome organization.