“My name is Francisca Yac, but I like to be called "Francis". I was born in 1964 in Pamezabal, Sololá. I am 56 years old and I have dedicated myself to sewing.
I lived all my childhood here in Pamezabal, located in Santa Lucía Utatlán, Sololá, along with my parents and my brothers. My dad was a farmer and my mom was a housewife. I always wanted to be able to study, but the economic situation at that time did not allow my father to give us an education. It was very sad for me, because I really had the illusion of being able to write and to know how to read. Despite this I had a very beautiful childhood; I lived every moment to the fullest.
“I got married and started a family. We have 6 children between the ages of 6 and 30 years old, to whom we always seek to give the best of ourselves, because we want them to have a better future. I dream that they can have the education to which I could not have access. Today, thanks to God, I can read and write a little, thanks to my husband who helped me. It was a very big challenge, but I decided to take it, because unfortunately many boys and girls, even many women, currently do not have the opportunity to learn. It gives me a lot of sadness, because we should all have this access to education.
“Together with my family we managed to establish a small business where we sew all kinds of products including bags, pants, blouses, and wallets, among other things. It is a business that has filled us with much satisfaction, and with which today we can continue to have constant income for our home. It is an art that we love--it is an adventure to combine colors, sizes, textures, and shades, and seeing the final result fills us with great satisfaction. We dedicate a lot of time to it because we want customers to have a quality product in their hands. It also takes a lot of love and dedication.
“We went through some very difficult times because we did not have our own house. I suffered a lot because we all deserve our own roof to live under. I dreamed of seeing my children grow up, play, dream, learn, laugh in a house that we could call "home". I frequently asked God to give us what it takes to have it, and He responded with work, with which we could buy our own house. It was a dream come true, and today we are totally grateful for what we have and what we have achieved thanks to our craft work.
“Every day we seek to improve our techniques. I have had much training that has helped us a lot. We are working as a family not only to sell, but also to make Guatemalan products known throughout the world. It makes us feel very proud of our roots, traditions, culture, and colors. We are very grateful because the work is a blessing, and working with NOVICA fills us with great joy. I hope that our products are to your liking.”