What's it like to work with a group of other artisans in an artisan co-operative? We've been asking some of the artisans to get their perspective and today we talked to Chica Rosa.
ES: Hi Chica, when did you start working as an artisan?
Chica Rosa: I started in 2004
ES: Your products are now all over the world, it that exciting? How does that make you and the other artisans feel?
Chica: Well, first off it makes me sure to be careful to the details. It is exciting that these products are sold outside of the country. I feel that it's difficult to produce each item but I feel accomplished when I see the result of my work. To see the transformation not only of the material in a product so beautiful but also to see the ability of the women in this process...it's fantastic! In this partnership the difficulties become insignificant compared to the great satisfaction that I feel. The result of our work is that we have created this great family.
ES: What has changed since you joined the project?
Chica: The income from the production has improved our lives, it's made many friends to feel happier than before. My life has changed thanks to the income that I have with this work. We produce as a group and I love it. We are a group! We learn from each other, sometimes we are students and sometimes we are teachers.
ES: What have you been able to do for your family recently?
Chica: I bought clothing for the kids and we made a trip together to have a good time. My family and I are always together. We have had the opportunity to travel, buy gifts. On one occasion, I traveled with some artisans. That was fantastic too.
ES: Anything else?
Chica: This partnership makes me very happy.