My name is Alejandra, I’m an entrepreneur, I’m 38 years old and I’m the leader of “Artesanías Candelaria”. When I was young, I lived in a farm with my family, it was very happy because there was freedom to play, run and go to the river with my eight brothers. My dad never let us work in the fields, we could only help my mom in the house. That, however, made it difficult for me to continue studying. That’s why, when I was 14, I went with my sisters to look for work in the city. I spent more than 10 years in the city.
As a child I didn’t know that dreams existed, they didn’t teach me to overcome myself and set me goals. I didn’t dream of having a better life. I learned to dream until I started working with wakami. Although I don’t have a study, my work has given me the opportunity for my daughter to graduate. My daughter is 18 years old, she studies Mathematics at the university on weekends, and on weekdays she teaches math and computers at a school.
The women of “Artesanías Candelaria” hope to move forward and create a change in the communities and even Guatemala. We want to show that in the communities you can create a change. Someday our dreams will come true. Most of us have carry on for our children.
There are opportunities but you have to look for them, take them and work on them. What we need are opportunities and know how to take advantage of them.