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A Birthday Worry Led to a Career as a Pinata Maker

Written by Jose Agudelo


Three years ago, when Milagros Panduro’s daughter wanted a Dora the Explorer-themed birthday party, Panduro couldn’t find a Dora piñata. She was headstrong about giving her daughter the memory of breaking a pinata of this character, so she did not gave up. If she could not find a pinata, she was going to produce it herself with the wherewithal at her disposal.

After trial and error, she produced a successful Dora. The piñata was a hit and other moms whose children attended the birthday party asked where she had bought it. Once she explained that she had made it, they asked if she could make another. Soon there were requests for different themed piñatas throughout the year, and a home business was slowly forming.

She got her business license and then she started creating her own versions of famous pinata designs. Her business grew and now she is one of the most famous pinata makers in her city. This happened thanks to her not being able to find a little pinata for her daughter. This frustration led to a career in one of the most beautiful contemporary arts: Pinata making.

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Photos taken by Juliana Goodwin



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Jose Agudelo