Born July 22, 1960 in Nueva Imperial, IX Region of Araucanía
At 13 years old, Zenobia began weaving so that she may help her widowed mother. Throughout her childhood, they sold their products on the streets of Temuco in order to make ends meet for the family.
Today Zenobia still depends on her weaving income in order to support her family, but she is able to sell all of her products through the Chol-Chol Foundation, rather than selling on the city streets. This enables to her focus her time on weaving, rather than selling, as well as provides her with a fair price for her goods, rather than having to bargain and accept low offers. Her husband is a subsistence farmer on a small plot of land, who is able to provide only enough food for the family to eat. The family’s income is provided by Zenobia’s weaving, and her goal with her profits is to make a better life for her daughters. While weaving has provided sufficiently for Zenobia’s family over the years, she knows that it is a difficult profession, which requires hard work and sacrifice. While she found it important to teach the trade to her daughters, she wants them to have an education, and an easier life than she has.