Meet Ana María Meza who, despite her difficulties, has managed to succeed.
Yadira Perdomo Vergara Communicator SENA Sucre
Ana María Meza Ortega is a displaced woman who arrived in Sincelejo 20 years ago in search of the security and tranquility that the armed groups outside the law had taken from her in her native Flor del Monte in the municipality of Ovejas, in Montes de María, Sucre. To this condition, it is added one more: being of short height and having difficulty walking, which have not been an impediment to get ahead and generate their own income.
She assures that, in exchange for her 90 centimeters of height, God gave her great strength, determination and resilience. This is how today, at her 41 years old, nothing has been too big for her and with pride she says she has learned to read and write without going to school, designing and sewing, since her adolescence, her own dresses with thread and needle due to the lack of a machine and not being intimidated by the mockery and rejection that she sometimes receives from society.
"Ana María Meza, an example of resilience in Sincelejo, is, without a doubt, a Little Giant, SENA’s pride."
Any, as she is affectionately called by her friends and neighbors, wakes up every day with a big smile, wanting to eat the world and willing to show everyone that her disability does not stop her from achieving what she proposes, because, for her: “Limitations do not exist in my life and from the hand of SENA I have learned to do many things that allow me to receive the income for my maintenance and that of my mom, my faithful companion.”
Ana María Meza refers to the more than 10 complementary courses she has received from SENA Sucre, including Crafts, Leather Goods, Foamy, Dolls making, Customer Service and Tailoring. She is currently advancing in one of Design and Manufacture of Sports Garments in the multi-purpose classroom of Altos del Rosario school, sector where she has lived for 5 years in a small apartment that the State donated to her due to her condition of displaced.
Without shame, she says that she has turned the living room of her apartment, located on the first floor, into her workshop. There, with her sewing machine, a gift from one of her 5 brothers and that she handles perfectly with an engine, in exchange for a pedal, she designs and makes all kinds of dresses, especially for quinceañera birthdays.
In this small space, everything is made to your measure and scope and where the walls become showcases to display the dolls, portrait holders, wallets, bags, souvenirs, clothes and all the products you learned to make with the SENA instructors.
This apprentice markets her work through her social network Facebook and currently works at an accelerated pace in the elaboration of Christmas arrangements and rag dolls, the most requested by her clientele in the upcoming end of the year season.
Carlos Mario Estrada Molina: SENA General Director.
Pilar Navarrete Rivera: SENA Head Office Communications.
Editorial Committee: Guillermo Martin, Karen Camacho y Fernando García.
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