In 2003, Mr. Fernando Ferrara was in charge of the Adelaida Lafón Foundation. He contacted Sister Luz María Aguilar; who at that time was the Congregational Provincial Superior, to request a group of Sisters to serve at the Hospital Huasteca LEM, that was going to be inaugurated in Tampamolón Corona, San Luis Potosí, working in the different areas of the hospital, but mainly, he was inviting the Sisters to be a presence of God’s merciful love among the patients and the staff at the hospital.
S. María Luisa Gamboa started visiting the communities and contacting the women. She observed that they made beautiful embroidery work, but they were only embroidering painted napkins that they bought at the market and it was very difficult for them to sell them. She presented a proposal encouraging them to work on something that they could sell so they could earn some money with their work. They bought cotton fabric known as “manta”, thread, color thread, and sawing needles. S. María Luisa brought some patterns and they started to make blouses by hand because they had no sewing machines. Then they embroidered the blouses. They started selling them mainly among people they knew.
S. María Cardoza joined the community in April 2005 and as she knew dressmaking and tailoring, the sisters offered to teach the women how to make clothes which they could sell easily. The first community S. María got in contact with and with which we worked was in Mancornadero, in the Tampamolón municipality. With the help of the municipality and several other people, a Community Workshop was built; there, the women could sew and put the clothes together; after that, they could embroider the clothes at home. The Mayor, Mr. Mónico González, worked on a Project to equip the workshop with all the necessary equipment. The municipal authorities donated the land and all the community helped in building the workshop.
Seven groups were formed in different Communities and Municipalities. Four Tenekgroups:Paxquid and Tenexo in the Tampamolón Municipality, Tamaletón in the Tancanhuitz Municipality, and Tampate in the Aquismón Municipality. And threeNáhuatl groups: Mancornadero, Tenexo and Yohuala, all of them in the Tampamolón Municipality. With the support of some of the Congregation schools, it was possible to build two Workshops; the other groups work in rooms in some of their houses. All the workshops were equipped with the necessary equipment for the women to make clothes: sewing machines, Over Sewing Machines to add details, tables, chairs, irons and a haberdashery where they can acquire what they need at low cost. They buy all their materials outside Tampamolón; they purchase them by making orders.