Design and Fashion From the Shantytown of Rio



In the shantytown of Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a women's craftwork cooperative is giving slum dwellers a chance to create clothes seen on the fashion catwalks from Sao Paulo to Paris.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The cooperative has nearly 150 female members, but is located in one of the most violent areas of Rocinha. The small headquarters office of the COOPA-ROCA is beginning to compromise the growth of the cooperative, and the women need a safe place to work. Our national and international market expansion, as well as the extent of the social impact of COOPA-ROCA on the Rocinha community, will be compromised if we remain in the same premises.

How will this project solve this problem?

Since 2001 Maria Teresa Leal has been working to secure new headquarters for COOPA-ROCA. This new building will allow for cooperative growth and incorporate a health clinic.

Potential Long Term Impact

90 direct (360 indirect) beneficiaries will see results such as increased income, preserved artisan handicraft techniques, strengthening of identity, increase in self-esteem, economic, cultural and social integration and improved quality of life.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,004

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,004 .  The original project funding goal was $100,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 17 donors like you, a total of $1,004 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Maria Teresa Leal

Executive Coordinator
Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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