Dear GlobalGiving donors,
Thank you for supporting Awamaki this year.It was a big year for the Spanish teachers' cooperative. Since January, our 11 teachers have finished their initial training and started teaching classes. As of 1 December 2012, the anniversary of their first six months of teaching, the 11 teachers had earned a collective $3350. To assist the school's start-up, Awamaki has invested in classroom facilities, including painting, varnishing, furniture and materials. We have also provided an intensive boost of 6 teacher-training workshops to provide support in what students and the teachers identified as the most pressing areas of teacher training, including how to communicate to students who speak no Spanish, and tactics for explaining simple word definitions if the teacher does not know the English word.
This year, thanks to their months of hard work, market access provided by Awamaki and the support of our GlobalGiving donors, the Awamaki Spanish teachers have the skills and tools they need to earn an improved income so they can lift themselves and their families out of poverty. We'd like to share the story of one teacher, Ruth Roque, and how the project is helping her support herself and her son.
Ruth Fransisca Roque Huaman is a 32-year-old single mom. She has a 12-year-old son, from whose father she is divorced. Programs Coordinator Yovanna Candela sat down with Ruth to ask her about the most significant changes in her life since she started with Awamaki.
“As a person, I have improved my self-esteem and my quality of life” since starting with Awamaki, Ruth said. “As a woman, my value” has improved. When asked what she has done with the money she has earned teaching with Awamaki since June, she tells us that she took her son out of public school to put him in a private school. “Practically all of the money that I earn teaching is for the education of my son,” says Ruth.
We at Awamaki would like to extend our sincerest thanks to you, our GlobalGiving supporters, for supporting Ruth and her ten fellow teachers this year. With your support, they are earning an income that empowers them to change their lives and the lives of their children.
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Thank you for your ongoing support of the Awamaki Lab sewing cooperative. This is a special project report, written by Paula, one of the seamstresses (translated from the Spanish). We think this is a great testament to the increasing ownership and direction they are taking over the project!
The achievements of the past months have been our improved mastery of the patterns. We have done a number of orders including 30 mini skirts, 20 outerwear pieces, 20 change purses, 20 clutches, 30 shoulder bags, 15 t-shirts and 10 iPad cases.
Currently we are working on 10 skirts, 10 shoulder bags, 10 Gargi-style bags, 4 belts, 3 ponchos, 30 coin purses and 50 clutches.
What we like about the project is the experience we are acquiring. We are learning about each collection. We are not just learning to sew but also to read patterns. Our favorite products to sew are the shoulder bags, skirt, change purses and the backpacks that we designed!
The challenges of the project for everyone have been improving the finishings on each item, and the new accessory items which incorporate techniques like grommet application. We are still working to master these designs.
In the past few months, seamstresses have also taken charge of their production schedule, inventory and materials procurement. This is the direction in which we are heading the next few months: increased mastery of products, increased leadership in managing orders, inventory and other cooperative business, and increased design responsibilities. The seamstresses continue to take workshops on technical skills, but we have expanded these workshops to include Excel, English, and local supply chain management.
Their products are being sold in our store in Ollantaytambo, online and in trunk shows in Seattle, San Francisco and New York this holiday season. They were recently featured in Vogue. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information, and Annie@Awamaki.org for sales/press inquiries.
Your support has allowed Awamaki to teach four inexperienced seamstresses to sew, read patterns, and create products for the international market; now, they are learning to manage their cooperative business and create their own designs. With every accomplishment, they are earning an increased income to support themselves, their families and their communities. Thank you for your role in making this project possible!
*Translation help and edits by Kennedy Leavens, Executive Director, and Annie Millican, Director/Founder of Lab