Matea, 48, is a natural leader and care-taker. She is a leader in her community, church, and among the jewelry cooperative. Though she has no children of her own, Matea is surrounded by her extended family that all live together in their home. Matea has been beading since she was young, and her skill is apparent in her designs and work. Years of hard work and knowledge can be seen in her face as well as those of her family.