PASADENA – After years of intensive training with a local social activist group – and perhaps a little bit of magic – a group of 10 immigrant women recently launched a Pasadena-based, cooperatively owned, eco-friendly cleaning business. “We want to support each other and work in a healthy way,” said Xiomara Sanchez, 45, one of the member-owners of Magic Cleaners, through an interpreter at a meeting Wednesday night at the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California headquarters in Pasadena. “Our products are safe for kids, animals as well as for clients and workers,” she said. The women, all from Latin American nations, have gone through numerous courses with the institute, which since 1984 has worked to “create a more democratic society by responding to the needs and problems of disenfranchised people through leadership development and educational programs,” according to its Web site, www.IDEPSCA.org. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The history of Magic Cleaners can be traced to its members’ involvement in an institute leadership program for low-income Latina women in Pasadena, Mujeres en Movimiento (Women in Movement). In 2001, the institute launched the Domestic Worker Association to provide women in Pasadena with a safe place to seek employment and a space where they could participate in the planning and implementation of community-based events and fundraisers, according to the Web site. “They are pursuing Jefferson’s ideal,” said program director Raul Anorve, “that all human beings are endowed by our creator with the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness.” In classes ranging from business basics and administrative skills to environmentally conscious cleaning techniques and product knowledge – with an emphasis on learning English – the women worked for more than three years before creating the limited liability partnership. Perfidio Gaona, one of the project’s earliest participants, said the team intends to “be different and offer an excellent service to clients. We want to do a great job. We want to open the cooperative to other women.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!