I would like to introduce you to one of our artisans who is really a little dynamo! She is a very tiny little lady but is filled with energy and determination. Vicenta and her husband live in the rural highlands with their 7 children and nearby are many extended family members.
She is a master weaver on the backstrap loom and floor looms — called a foot pedal loom by the artisans — and she has taught her daughters to weave on both looms too.
Vicenta’s family and her whole community are Kakchiquel Mayans and very typical of the wonderfully warm and friendly people we meet in the western highlands of Guatemala. Many of these rural families don’t understand the importance of education, however, Vicenta and her husband are different in that they are adamant about their children attending school. Thanks to a sponsor in our Education Program their oldest daughter, Laura, is able to go on to career school to become a bilingual secretary. It is very difficult for families to afford schooling after grade school and junior high school so we are very appreciative of all our sponsors and the help it brings to the families!
On our recent trip to Guatemala Victor and Vicenta’s home was one of the homes that our mission team repaired with the help of our local friends, Joe and Carlos. Her kitchen was an adobe structure with a low ceiling, earthquake damage and a stove that did not vent so all the smoke stayed in the kitchen. Victor and Vicenta decided to remove the old structure and had sufficient money to build new walls and the mission team did the floor, roof, new stove and new electrical wiring.
The family is so happy with their new kitchen. We are really happy to see the progress this family has made through the years because of their hard work and determination along with the Fair Trade wages they receive from Education And More for all the products they make.
If you are interested in traveling to Guatemala on a mission trip to help repair homes or teach VBS be sure to check our website for new 2015 tours that will be listed soon. We will be working in this village next year and helping several more of the artisan families by repairing their homes.