Maki, Pepe and Arely just completed a negative plaster mold (yeso de plastilina) for the newest plates, and upon drilling it and pulling it apart, it broke into two chunks. After all that work!! Daniel, Pedro, Julio and Petra left with disappointment for the rest of the day. Two machines, which is to help heat and compress the masks, were welded, painted and hauled in. It is an experimental design so we hope it works.

The internet in my bedroom hasn’t worked for a week, so I have spent more time cleaning and organizing, and increasing sales one group at a time. It isn’t easy. But the photo sessions of our proofs, some of the projects from the industrial engineers, as well as some of my recent excursions in Chiapas will be edited and finished as soon as I can.

Two Americans (Judith and Cindy) also flew in from Yale University this week to contribute materials and their expertise to the Mayan associates. They wrote a list of suggestions and joined me with some tours of the workshop, among other amazing things they did to bring us all closer as a cohesive group, and I cannot thank them enough. Times are tough. Money is so scarce for the Mayan cooperative, that we didn’t have enough for the printer toner, which ran out on Tuesday which meant that several graphics and the production of serigraphic posters had to be halted. Yet here we are, pulling together, collaborating and continuing with increased production.

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And yet, I am fully aware that spending all the energy, time, and strategy helping bring sustainability to a Mayan artisan guild whose associates are marginalized indigenous people is one of the most rewarding ways to do development. I didn’t expect things to happen as they would in an American company, but on a level I cannot explain, it brings me *tremendous* satisfaction and peace to know that we are using technology and our creative minds to benefit discriminated Mayans who have had so little opportunities. And now they are achieving a certain immortality by publishing their poetry, their thoughts, their legends, their recipes on the books we publish ourselves. And look how exquisitely beautiful are the things we make when we come together…even if this is the poorest part of Mexico.

I invited them to a girls-only lunch in the city. (Gloria, Mary, Mary Carmen, Loxa y Loxa.)

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness” –Helen Keller. Do what you can rather than complain about what you can’t. It give you power. It chips away at the problem. It might even lead to a solution. It definitely creates momentum.

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