Women of Romero Mujeres Jiquilite

I got excited when I heard about raising indigo.We didn’t know anything about it but through CIS and SEW, some of us visited a group that had cultivated and harvested the plants for years. We believed we could do it. We planned a budget and started learning about organic soil and clearing a field for the plants.

Then, some of the women found indigo growing wild in the mountains. We were so excited seeing it, we started practicing making the indigo dye.

Before working in the indigo business, I would feel responsible to stay at home, that I couldn’t leave for my own interests. Now, I make decisions about my life. I tell my children I’m going to this place or that. Before it was difficult for me to communicate; I was sky. In our meetings others helped me to express myself. I’ve learned to work alongside others. We don’t always agree but we always arrive at a conclusion that is for the good of the group.

Mornings are busy and begin at 5:30 a.m. Angela fixes breakfast, gets her older son ready for school, does laundry then get lunch and the other child off to school at noon. I make dinner at 6 pm; my sons help with dishes. The boys ask about my work and when I will get paid. They wait expectantly because when I’m paid, I make a special dinner, buy chicken or pupusas. I invest the money in food; it’s my primary expense.

As told to Elizabeth Miller, CIS Volunteer

Angela with her son

Angela with her son