Our Jewelry making project - "Women helping Women" - “Mujeres Apoyando y Ayudando”
We were able to buy the initial supplies, tools and furniture, thanks to a grant provided by the St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Outreach Grant Program.
In 2017, five women from Mezcala and La Cuesta were trained to make earrings. Thanks so much to Mony and Mary-Ellen of el Corazon creativo for this training (and we're sad they closed their store). The original five women created a "collectivo" with help from Anita of the Brigada, which meant the women shared sales and expenses. The original group of women earned over 10,000 pesos from sales up until April 2019, so this was a welcome form of income. Since the beginning of the project, the women have made over 1,000 pairs of earrings and 200 bracelets.
Poco a Poco volunteers organize the sales in various stores in Ajijic because the women can't sell their work locally as there is no market for them there - no one has money for food, let alone jewelry.
When we have events where they are able to attend, they help with sales, but the bus fare is expensive for them to get to Chapala or Ajijic.
Since April 2019, we have been training 6 new ladies in San Pedro Itzicán, together with one of the ladies from La Cuesta. We are most grateful to our regular trainer Barbara Passarello, who has been teaching more sophisticated skills and donated many wonderful supplies. We are also grateful to teachers Doris Wakeman, Lydia Cortez, Lois Cugini and Colleen Graham.