Dignitaries attend Ribbon Cutting for the Road to La Colorada

With a smooth new road courtesy of a partnership between the City of Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico and St. Anthony’s Alliance the path to prosperity for The Lavender Project and La Colorada’s Community Center is a lot easier. On sunny day in late August, a host of dignitaries were in La Colorada to celebrate the new road with a ribbon cutting followed by a feast in front of the community Center.

The handsome young mayor of Dolores Hidalgo, Adrian Hernandez Alejandri, was on hand for the occasion, as were the heads of several municipal departments in Dolores Hidalgo, including economic development, roads and tourism. Also there were dignitaries from La Colorada itself: Beatriz Torres, executive director of La Colorada Community Center; Aucencio Domenzain, president of The Lavender Project; Isidro Cuellar Alvarez, an official with La Colorado; and Dr. Teresa Balcomb, a founder of St. Anthony’s Alliance.

The city of Dolores Hidalgo spared no expense for the occasion. They provided a backdrop, podium and microphone and spent plenty of time greeting and shaking hands with villagers. Each of the dignitaries spoke about the close relationship between good roads and strong commerce. Two little girls from the village were selected to hold each end of a long red ribbon so Dr. Balcomb and Mayor Hernandez Alejandri could formally cut the ribbon.

After the speeches, everyone walked or drove to the community center. While the Mayor and his associates waited for the feast to be served, they toured The Lavender Project’s sewing cooperative and soap-making facilities.   The Mayor was particularly impressed with the embroidered lavender neck pillows the women of the sewing cooperative make for sale to an international resort and spa in San Miguel de Allende.

Later everyone sat outside and enjoyed a feast prepared by the ladies of La Colorada. The delicious meal included roast pork with mole sauce, nopales (leaves from a native species of cactus), potatoes, tortilla and ice-cold beer. Everyone in the village joined in the festivities, sitting in front of the community center under an awning at white-tablecloth covered tables. The event was memorable – and not just because of the food or the speeches. It represented the first time that city officials were on hand to recognize the potential for success and sustainability that The Lavender Project represents for tourism and economic development for the entire Mexican state of Guanajuato. With public support, this private project can truly succeed.