Fashion Show Celebrates Mujeres en Cambio’s 25 Years of Helping Rural Girls Succeed
By Fredric Dannen
The nonprofit organization known today as Mujeres en Cambio started with an idea, a plan to improve the lives of women in the small rural village of Agustín González.
The village, located in the San Miguel de Allende municipality, is home to Las Rancheritas, a group of women who practice the centuries-old craft of rug-hooking. In the mid-1990s, a group of volunteers from San Miguel helped the women learn embroidery and more modern methods of rug manufacture, which then led to a co-op, a store, and a sustainable business.
The Rancharitas were pleased with their business venture but wanted to see even greater opportunities for advancement for their daughters. San Miguel women began hosting luncheons in their homes to raise money for scholarships so that young women from the campo might continue their education beyond grade school.
Two and a half decades later, Mujeres en Cambio (MeC) is one of the most admired and effective nonprofit organizations in San Miguel. Last year, MeC awarded 1.7 million pesos in scholarships to 187 girls from forty-six rural villages. Very few NGOs can boast so impressive a track record, or for that matter, so clearly defined a mission: to combat poverty with education. Thanks to this nonprofit, girls from rural towns who excel academically can receive the funding they need to get a high school or college diploma, a passport to a better life. (For more information, visit mujeresencambio.org.)
There are a number of ways to support this worthy organization, and one of those ways is to attend one of the most entertaining and chic events of the year in San Miguel. On October 23 at 5pm, in the large open patio at the Instituto Allende, MeC will present its sixth annual fashion show, complete with runway models, featuring the collections of two of today’s most creative designers, Alessando Alvani and Fernando Ando.
Alvani’s fall and winter fashions were a sensation at the IDM Fashion Show in México City a few seasons ago.
While the models put on a show right out of the pages of Vogue, attendees will be served drinks and appetizers and have a chance to win a spectacular piece from Recreo San Miguel, the city’s premier haute couture clothing store.
General admission tickets are 800 pesos, and only 178 places are available. All the tables—round tables that hold ten people, and rectangular tables for four—will provide unobstructed views of the models, who will chart a path that puts them in close view of everyone in the audience. You can purchase e-tickets online by visiting boletocity.com, or paper tickets at Boleto City at Mercado Sano, located at Ancha de San Antonio 123. Tickets are on sale Monday–Friday, 11am–5pm. Boleto City accepts cash, credit, and debit cards.