In 2009, I was approached by Dr. Fernando Díaz Barriga to collaborate on a project seeking gender equality through self-reliance in a marginalized community located in the Huasteca Potosina, Mexico.
The women of this indigenous community lacked school education and artisanal tradition. We created opportunity by building a project that started with simple pillow designs of local fauna. A select group of women received training and they in turn trained more women. The group formed a small business called “Tecilli”, which means cocoon in Náhuatl.