This project began in June 2014, with a group of 3 foreign women with the vision of transforming the living conditions of the women of El Caserio 3 de Mayo, in the municipality of Comasagua in the department of La Libertad. In a visit to El Caserio 3 de Mayo, a group of foreigners witnessed that the children spent the entire day roaming freely around the streets of the village without adult supervision while their parents were working. This situation raised their concern leading them to design a fold of services needed to address this and other areas of improvement. The first initiative developed was the establishment of a Day Care Center and a School for the children of the village. Today, the day care center has 18 children and the school 120 students.
In parallel, an entrepreneurship project was launched – called “Craftswomen”. There are 13 women representing 13 families in the project already allowing the working mothers to stay close to their children instead of commuting long hours to work on a daily basis. And, the last initiative already opened is the Medical Center, built next to our Day Care Center. In this Medical Center we have paired with another NGO to fight against malnutrition.
In the end, the sum of all these projects allow us to reach and impact almost the entire population of the
village – close to 1000 habitants.
The project “Craftswomen” has grown and do not have a proper and suitable place to work. So they require the construction of a workshop.
Why is it important?
It is important to highlight that this group of artisans have been trained with family values, income management and entrepreneurship. The overall results obtained from all these efforts have been very encouraging. The project has become self-sustainable over time. All costs are covered from sales, ensuring profitability in the long run. However, the most important achievement has been the impact on these women´s self steem while embracing an independent and entrepreneurial version of themselves for their future. But above all, the most rewarding outcome has been able to spend more meaningful time with their children and appreciate the delicate nuances of their childhood.
How will funds be used?
We need to raise $5,000 which will be used to build a specialized workshop that will serve as a production space for our craftswomen. The structure will be 6 meters x 6 meters with 2.80 meters high. The walls will be built with modern bahareque with 5 French windows with 1.50 x 1.20 meters. The walls will be finely refined, designed with stained glass bottles.
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