As organizers got to know the women in the first co-op, they learned three of the women were walking from Rincon de Delores three hours each way everyday because they needed work so badly. Three women were walking an hour and a half each way from Santa Cruz Abajo and four more an hour and a half each way from El Pedregal. They all asked for co-ops in their villages and said several more women would be able to work in the co-op if it were in their own village. Now there are more than 80 women working in six co-ops in rural communities near the capital city of Tegucigalpa. The women learn the appliqué technique and embroidery stitches as well as recordkeeping and business skills. They receive all of the proceeds of the sales, pay for their supplies (except for donated appliqué fabrics), contribute back to Honduras Threads for its services, and train their new members.
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