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Fine Pewter Silver Alloy
No Nickel No Lead
No Cadmium No Zinc
Comes in sizes 6-7-8;
other sizes available
by special order.
Single and Abandoned Country Women
Supporting their Families
The countryside of Guerrero State
in southern Mexico has been gravely affected
by the global economic crisis. In the past 10 years a large number of men
have migrated to the United States in order to seek work.
Many families have been separated and frequently are destroyed when the young men disappear forever or establish relationships with new women in the promised Gringolandia. Frequently, Mexican country girls are married and have babies when they are still only in their teens: the ranchos and villages of rural Mexico have many women with families who are living with their parents or are entirely on their own. More than 150 men from Tecalpulco alone are wetbacks in the United States according to the Comisario.
Sometimes the husbands are sending remittances; the woman must still shoulder the primary responsibility for the family and work to provide income necessary to adequately feed clothe and educate the children. Handcrafts production is not a very attractive career path in this era of globalized economic duress, yet it is something that the women of Tecalpulco know how to do and have used their skills to develop a business.