Women of Romero Mujeres Jiquilite
Niña Dalia has four grown children. She enjoys visiting the daughter who lives in a peaceful municipality to the north. Her son-in-law has a large family; they are warm and welcoming and Niña Dalia always has fun there. Her other daughter lives at home.
Her two sons also have families but “I hardly ever see my sons. It’s terribly difficult because they are afraid to come.” Romero community is adjacent to an area plagued with gang violence and Niña Dalia is anguished by the situation of youth in her country. “It affects me a lot to hear about it all [the violence, the gangs, the lack of opportunity]; it doesn’t have to be anyone you know, it could be anyone. …we’re all human beings and the young people are the future of the community.”
Niña Dalia is committed to the Romero Community and the Indigo cultivation business. I feel good working here. I like being close to my house and my family. Before, I would work far away. The meetings and trainings getting ready for the business were very helpful for me. I feel more confident and comfortable now.
The women of Romero Mujeres Jiquilite would describe Niña Dalia as quiet. She was one of the women in the group who discovered the acres and acres of jiquilite growing wild in the mountains. Angela (see first story) described her “at seeing all that indigo growing wild she jumped, and shouted with excitement.” When ask what her dream was for the future of the business, she said, “I dream about seeing all this (she gestures to the entire piece of land) all planted with indigo. The part we planned will have oregano over there (she sweeps her hand to the corner). Everything will be clean, weeded, organized. All of it green. We will have work and income for our needs….”
As told to and reported by Elizabeth Miller, CIS Volunteer
Idalia in front of her house