Spring 2011 by Isabel Moraga
We started the 2011 year preparing for the Learning Center (LC) Trek (where volunteers from Wisconsin travel to visit Nicaragua and share workshops at selected Learning Centers) as well as getting the Jewelry course going, with 10 women. The LC Trek was successfully accomplished with over 370 Nicaraguans participating in the workshops in Managua, Ticuantepe and Leon. The challenge for us, as Nicaraguans is to follow up what all of you brought with your knowledge. For example today, March 13 two of our Nicaraguan volunteer women are teaching a workshop in Leon, the last city of Learning Center Trek, an idea that arose from the event. We also had the opportunity to exchange cultural teaching interchange – having both Wisconsinites and Nicaraguans teaching workshops. This idea became so interesting that some women have already offered to teach in the next Learning Center Trek. We have a waiting list for embroidery and pillow case classes. At the same time we´re getting the budgets ready for the courses of dress making, and bakery. This will give us 30 trained women who are selected according to the needs in their community. All this with the generosity all of you have been bringing and sharing with our country, Nicaragua. The following are some of the women´s testimonies from the Learning Center Project………(please see corresponding new photos)
Sandra Boniche testimony
In 2003, I started as a student of Embroidery, then sewing machine repairing with Moises. After that, Mrs. Bowen taught me knitting. Now I am not a student. I teach what I perform well. I don´t mean to praise it myself but I have shown in my heart and here in the Wisconsin´s office.
Today I share my skills in a tiny workshop where we make embroidered bags, scarves, shale and if a sewing machine breaks down, I repair it myself. Thanks to the existence of Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners we have become creative teachers and others benefit from these Learning Centers which have come to give women value and dignity.
I congratulate you and God bless you all who are nice and supportive to our people. – Sandra Boniche
Mirna Castillo testimony
When I started this project of Jewelry here in the Wisconsin/Nicaragua office, it was out of inertia because I use and like these accessories. As my knowledge grew, I started with my network of friends to promote my new creations and products, my market liked my style and I began to receive orders for more.
The Learning Center project supported by Wisconsin has made me see life with vision, growth, and development and sharing what we do and learn. Thanks to its existence, it helps us feel more beautiful and successful entrepreneurs. Thanks God! Thank you Wisconsin and all who support this project!
WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL AND ENTREPRENEURS
Petronila Solis Testimony
I started in the Learning Center Program in 1991 at the Cedros community taking sewing courses, knitting and embroidery, in 2000, at the same center was given a course of embroidery machine with which I began to form part of the Chica Nica project, today I am president of the committee. Four years ago I participated in the VOICE Project, in which I was trained on leadership and self-esteem. At this time we were encouraged by Mrs. Sherin Bowen to get train and be successful.Last year I started getting economical support from the Learning Center Project to start my studies in a three –year technical carrier on handcraft teaching. In addition, this year I started to study for to get my high school diploma.
I have been teaching smocking at the office for 2 years. Last year five women of my class received their diploma and hopefully I will have more women learn what I know by the end of 201since I have already started with the teaching.
I appreciate all the support Wisconsin/Nicaragua has given me and I am always willing to work and help according to my capabilities. PETRONILA SOLIS BLANCO
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