Kathy Gorman-Coombs spinning cotton.

In our course of study at San Pedro Spanish School, Kathy Gorman-Coombs and I, along with our teachers, took a field trip to a women’s weaving cooperative. The woman pictured with Kathy made spinning cotton seem easy, but it is not. The cooperative employs 48 indigenous women, and they run the business and share the profits. Kathy, Bonnie, and I took the intensive Spanish language course so that we might be better prepared for our partnership with Presbiterio Mam. We were glad also for the opportunity to support this wonderful and empowering project.

About Rev. Donna Elia

Donna is Executive Director of TAUM, a mission partner of Albany Presbytery. Each year, several thousand people are served through TAUM Programs. You can reach Donna at or you can learn more about Troy Area United Ministries at

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