Victoria Zurdo - Monadas
In Guatemala, public education ends with middle school, and my family could not afford to send me to high school. There is also a cultural belief held by many that women should not study. Then my mother and I found an answer to my desire to continue learning. We sold food to raise money so that I could learn dressmaking skills.
I began working for a fashion store at age 14. Years after having my first child at 19, I completed high school and worked in an office as a secretary. However, the love I had for sewing never went away.
Today, as a single mother with two wonderful boys, Alejandro, 14, and Gael, 5, I work in my home making bright and colorful accessories for children. This is a way for me to earn income doing what I love to do, work from home so I can be with my beloved boys, and make products that can help other children feel special when they wear them.
My products make kids feel special and give them a boost of confidence! I use a traditional Guatemalan back strap loom, and design all the handmade products myself. As demand for my handwork increases I will provide work for other single mothers. My dream is to have a large enough facility where mothers can work together, and where their children can learn and play while their mothers work.
Check out my newest hair accessories collection for girls here