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Photo of women working at The Whoe Works in Rifle, CO.

RIFLE, CO – DECEMBER 10: From left, Marisela Medrano, Mayka Maloney, center, and Rhonda Bivens work at The Whole Works in Rifle, December, 10, 2015. Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post.

This article was published in the Denver Post. By Jason Blevins. 

RIFLE — Kelly Alford remembers the first time she sat down in front of a sewing machine and created something. She was just a child, but she says “my whole world shifted.” That shifting continues today as Alford and three other women, each with an equally fond connection to a sewing machine, labor to revive rural textile manufacturing in the U.S. But unlike the giant manufacturing plants of old, The Whole Works’ plan is to establish a network of rural outposts staffed with freshly trained sewers — ideally women transitioning off federal assistance — who can serve Colorado’s growing lineup of clothing, gear and accessories designers.

That’s The Whole Works business plan, but not the goal.  Click for full article.