Mazatleco wit flourishes in times of economic crisis


When she lost her job, Ángeles Covarrubias began to make coronavirus-shaped piñatas, which she now sells in her garage.

Mazatlán, Sinaloa (April 25, 2020) .- Ángeles Covarrubias is one of the thousands of people who, overnight, were left without their source of income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Angeles has been unemployed for the last 40 days, when she stopped working in a taco stand in Mazatlan’s Reforma neighborhood, which was very busy before the contingency arose. The lack of customers, made the owners decide to close the establishment.

“If there is no tourism, there is no work, so it was decided that the doors of the taqueria would no longer open”, Covarrubias said.

Before the business closed, they chose to eat the taco casseroles left, so that they were not wasted, but it was definitely not a long term solution to the problem.

All the eatery personnel was temporarily dismissed, even a senior citizen who was in charge of making tortillas by hand.

The doors of the taqueria were closed, with the promise that they will reopen once the contingency that keeps Mexico in an economic crisis is over.

Despite what happened, Ángeles decided to focus on a job that she does seasonally throughout the year. And although she knew it could probably not work, she took the risk, the coronavirus wasn’t going to stop her.

From her house, which is located on Juan Pablo II Avenue, in the Manuel J. Clouthier neighborhood, she began to make piñatas, which she usually makes for special dates, such as the period of Christmas posadas, where people look for the traditional stars and the figures of Santa Claus.

With a minimal investment, she was able to manufacture a considerable number of piñatas, whose prices range from 30 to 100 pesos, according to their size.

Her relatives have been the main clients, but people from all over Mazatlan are not hesitating to buy her creations.

“I’ve sold some to my relatives because they want to help me and my children, so they buy at least one from me, the smaller ones sell the most”, she added.

Angeles uses 70% of the profits to support her family, and 30% to buy material and make more piñatas.

The young woman never thought that the pandemic that caused her to lose her job would help her increase the sales of her piñatas during the last two weeks before Phase 3 of the Covid-19 contingency began.

Surfing the web, Angeles saw different creations that had to do with the coronavirus, ranging from cookies and cakes to piñatas.

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These items powerfully caught her attention, and she immediately got down to business with cardboard and green paper, to materialize the image of the virus that has wreaked havoc not only in Mexico but throughout the world.

And although the piñatas she sells cannot be broken on these dates due to the suspension of events and the ban on social gatherings, she knows that when the pandemic passes, all his clients will hit the coronavirus hard, crying “go, go, go, Do not miss the piñata….”

40 days have passed since Ángeles stopped working in a taco stand in the Reforma neighborhood.

30 pesos costs the smallest piñata.

100 pesos is the value of the large piñata.

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