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Following her retirement as a Home Economics teacher, Lynda Pracht traveled to Nicaragua in 1998 on a W/NP sponsored Learning Center Trip in search of new ways to fill her time and share her knowledge. The excellent embroidery and design skills she saw, the enthusiasm of the Nicaraguan women, their spirit, and their strong desire to become self sufficient inpspired her to find a niche market in the doll dress trade.

Women from the W/NP Learning Centers began sewing beautiful dresses, now known as Chica Nica Doll Dresses! The dresses pass a rigid quality control review. The Nicaraguan women are paid for their work before the dress leaves Nicaragua. Purchase of these lovely dresses provide income to the home, often the only money coming into the household to support the family. Women can stay in their community, earn income, learn a skill, and live with dignity.

Sadly, Lynda passed away on April 24, 2012 and is greatly missed.

The “Lynda Collection” is a special set of dresses designed by the Nicaraguan women in honor and memory of Lynda, who was and continues to be their inspiration. Lynda’s favorite color was purple and the women incorporated their creativity to come up with each unique design.

Thanks to many people helping out the Chica Nica Project continues to thrive.  Lorraine Danczyk has graciously stepped in and spends many hours working with the dresses and the Nicaraguan sewers.  Click here for more on Chica Nica.


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