Unlike Elizabeth, Upward Scholars student
came to the United States from El Salvador with extensive sewing expertise. At 16, she started working as a seamstress for a high-end dressmaker; at 20, she quit that job and opened her own tailoring business. Blanca came to the U.S. 20 years ago. In addition to taking classes, raising a family, and working full-time as a cashier, she runs a small seamstress business out of her home and also teaches sewing.
Blanca is currently enrolled in her second fashion design class. “When the students saw I can sew, they said, ‘You don’t need this class’, but I said, ‘No, I need it. If I am going to have a business, I need to speak to the people.’”