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Patron Santiago - Chongos Bajo Group's story

Hello, good day, and greetings from Peru! Today I present to you the all-woman "Patrón Santiago--Chongos Bajo" group. They are seven neighbors who formed the group because of their common interests.

Rosa, a member of the group, is a young mother—only 24 years old—who lives with the father of her only son; her spouse works in the mine, which allows him to spend only seven days a month with his family.

Rosa earns her living hand-embroidering "fustanes," a traditional item of clothing of this part of the country that is worn for patron saint festivals. This is really an art. The trade was passed down from her parents, who also did this work.

In her town, Rosa is very well-known for the quality of the embroidery that she does, despite being so young. She tells us that each of these "fustanes" takes, in some cases, up to 30 days of work.

In this group: Rosa Luz, Gloria, Clelia Sonia, Giovana, Vilma, Jheseni Jhenny, Estrella
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey



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