When we arrived to see the finished sewing center building at Artesana’s T’zaput we were so surprised to see they had set up a ribbon cutting ceremony with a crepe paper ribbon.
The group is really thrilled to have this large new building and just wanted to thank us with a very festive viewing of the room. They had gone early that morning up the mountain to pick some fresh pine needles and scattered them on the floor of the room along with flower petals. This is a custom in this area whenever there is a special fiesta or party– they might spread the pine needles in the party room or on the dirt ground — wherever the party is being held.
They had even picked fresh flowers and put them in jars to liven up the simple block building! Next came the demonstration of their sewing skills– because they wanted to show what they had learned in their first 3 months of sewing lessons.
We were so pleased to fund this project and with the help of volunteers for the construction it was completed ahead of schedule. Now the women will have a large new place to sew and to work on products so they can earn money to help their family.