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In today’s age, we finally see communities pulling together in support of women
Southwest Creations Collaborative
15 March 2018
In today’s age, we finally see communities pulling together in support of women. In honor of International Women’s Day last week, and National Women’s History Month, we want to highlight a local company providing women an opportunity to utilize trade-skills, while earning a living-wage.


Southwest Creations Collaborative

“market-driven, mission-led social enterprise providing contract manufacturing for sewn soft goods and hand-crafted products.”

Southwest Creations Collaborative‘s mission is to work against poverty and improve opportunities for education and economic growth for women. Many women know cultural trades like sewing and beading, and SCC gives these women an avenue to utilize these skills.

Southwest Creations Collaborative

In addition to paying a living wage, SCC addresses the current need for working families to have affordable childcare. Despite societal norms, SCC offers in-house childcare for only $0.25 per hour. This totals $2.00 for the day, per child, as opposed to a more standard number of $20-$40 per day.

This organization helps women get a leg up in society, while cultivating relationships between other local manufacturers and entrepreneurs. Submaterial had the opportunity to attend a morning coffee at SCC last Friday and met with representatives from a handful of great companies in our state.

Morning Coffee

Before we left, each of us had the opportunity to sign the framing for the family. The family will read each encouraging note left by the volunteers prior to their walls being completed. We thought this was really special and took the opportunity to share positive thoughts with the partner-family.

Attending Design Companies

Above are individuals from the following creative companies:

FUSE Makerspace is a partner of CNM, giving the community tools and support they need to design, prototype, and create manufactured works. They offer monthly and weekly memberships.

A company with a focus on supporting Indigenous pop-culture, Native Realities provides clothing, comics, and historical tales of Indigenous icons, freedom fighters, and more.

Founded and operated by local New Mexicans, Calindo Creative aims to help local artists, small businesses, and entrepreneurs through meeting needs of brand identity, illustration, and photography.

Both an organic farm and historic inn, Los Poblanos is rooted in Albuquerque’s North Valley. You can visit their Farm Shop to pick up jewelry, local foods, and artisan lavender. They also offer lectures, workshops, and other events throughout the year.

Helping create successful businesses through the support of entrepreneurials, Creative Startups is geared at those in the early phases of starting a company; from the idea state, prototyping, going into the market, to networking and continually earning revenue.

Partnership for Community Action

The Partnership for Community Action helps create strong leadership by investing in communities and connecting them to decision makers.

City of Albuquerque Cultural Services

Albuquerque’s own platform informing residents of cultural events and services, including concerts, parades, dancing, and more. “When everyday people and their families prosper, we all succeed.”

Coffee + Creatives

A group of Albuquerque creative people, opening up an informal dialogue about jobs, opportunities, and networking through casual meet-up groups.

All Chola

An up-and-coming clothing brand for the Mexican-American community, allowing them to represent their own culture and style.