We recently met with our new group in the Chichicastengo area — to see the products that they finished weaving from the first order we gave them. It takes many orders and visits and forming a close relationship of trust and friendship in order to really help a group.
This is the first visit where the women were finally a little more relaxed and talked more about the products they had made and about the new order they received. We spent considerable time talking about the need for quality and explaining that we will be unable to sell their textiles for them without a very high quality of weaving and perfect embroidery. Some of the items were not acceptable and will need to be reworked but others were excellent quality so we are very pleased with our visit to these ladies.
With each new group it takes time to get the orders right and the quality excellent but it is so rewarding to see the women have more dignity and pride that people around the world like and will buy their textiles. We look forward to many more years in working with the ladies in this group! Just wish I knew the Queche language!