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San Antonio Women's Group
“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” — Diane Mariechild
The organization that I am about to describe perfectly represents Marichild’s above statement. The San Antonio Women’s group has made a name for themselves through perseverance and hard work. Located relatively at the western entrance of San Antonio Village beside the United Pentecostal School, the organization of women continues to be a source of pride for our community. They are a true representation of women’s power to create and transform; from a moderately unorganized group of family and friends they grew into a firmly planned entity.
In 2001 a group of 5 women, who were interested in learning cooking techniques, formed an unofficial union. They explored recipes to cook various types of foods and bake bread and pizza. As the years progressed, the women worked closer and closer to each other. After noting the amount of opportunities available at both local and international organizations, they sought support and opportunities. The doors of many organizations opened and the women were capacitated with team building, self- esteem, book keeping, weaving, embroidery, and pottery workshops. Under the leadership of Timotea Mesh the group was far more organized and sought new business and cultural opportunities to empower its women. In 2006, they ventured into artisan work based on pottery. This move proved to be crucial for their development. People from all over the country and tourists began visiting the women’s group headquarters to learn about: 1st the pottery making process and then for the food and Maya cultural practices. People were also enthused about the native cooking techniques and encouraged the women’s group to promote and safeguard it. That is how the women’s group began catering for local and international tourists. This “boom” made the women’s group known throughout the region. From women interested in cooking and baking, the group evolved to pottery making, showcasing native cooking techniques, hosting local and international cooking, hosting a gift a shop and presently also doing embroidery. Today other organizations such as Chaa Creek, San Ignacio Resort, Kaana, Hidden Valley amongst others recognize their work and support them. Let us not forget that they have also participated in international events such as in Sunny Cortland New York they maintained an exposition in 2016 and they also participated in the Smithsonian museum festival in 2014 and 2017.
The group of women are certainly an important aspect of our community, they raise our community name and celebrate WHO WE ARE. We take this opportunity to thank them for supporting A Day in San Antonio. Also they will be showcasing their work, cooking and demonstrating pottery work on June 10th 2018 at our event. Please visit their booth, they provide many services that empower our community! Let us keep supporting them!!
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