Fees for appointments are based on a sliding scale. Please read to the end of this page for an explanation of Zanasa's sliding scale and click the link at the bottom of the page to see your suggested fee.
Sliding scale description adapted from Underground Alchemy
A sliding scale is a tool for building economic justice, and it requires your active participation. If a sliding scale is implemented effectively, everyone pays a similar percentage of their income for the same products or services. A wide range of payment options across the scale promotes broader accessibility while ensuring fair compensation to the producer. Paying according to one’s available resources creates a more equitable system for establishing service and product prices.
Sliding scales are often based on individual income levels, with people of higher incomes paying more. However, many factors complicate and affect our financial status. Some groups of people have costs that the larger population does not. Others have access to resources that are not always reflected in their lifestyle choices and income levels. Please consider both your class background and earning power when choosing your share payment.
For a general baseline of what to pay, please start with your annual income. If you don’t know your annual income, take your monthly income and multiply it by 12. Please read below the chart for additional considerations.
If your income is at the bottom of the sliding scale and the fees are too high for you, please contact me for assistance.
Consider paying less on the scale if you...
are supporting children or have other dependents
have significant debt
have medical expenses not covered by insurance
are eligible for public assistance
have immigration-related expenses
are an elder with limited financial support
are an unpaid community organizer
are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history
experience discrimination in hiring or pay level
are descended from enslaved people or Native American Indians
Consider paying more on the scale if you:
own the home you live in
have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
travel for recreation
have access to family money and resources in times of need
work part-time or are unemployed by choice, including unemployment due to full-time school in a degree-earning program
have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.) Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, I ask you to recognize this as a choice.
The scale is intended to be a map, inviting each of us to take inventory of our financial resources and look deeper at our levels of privilege. It is a way to challenge the classist and capitalist society we live in and work towards economic justice on a local level. While I ask you to take these factors into consideration, I will not ask questions or quiz you on your payment choices!
(Sliding scale description adapted from Underground Alchemy)