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Aug 28, 2017

First 5 women have been financed thanks to you !

Entrepreneurship workshops
Entrepreneurship workshops

LifeTime Projects and Association Femmes d’Atta, a Cameroonian women’s association, have entered into a partnership so to exchange in a frank collaboration with the intention to conceive numerous projects.  The “women empowerment” project was thus born through this partnership allowing the women members of Femmes d’Atta  the opportunity to facility the emergence of an entrepreneurial spirit formalized by written procedures. To this end, the technical and financial support provided by LifeTime Projects actually materialized during the month of June by the granting funding to five of the women of the Association Femmes d’Atta. These grantees were selected amongst 14 participants after completing 12 sessions of entrepreneurship training and writing a business plan for their micro project.  These funds enabled the grantees either to set up a new micro-project or to improve an already existing commercial activity.

Projects vary between animal farming (creation of a chicken farm); agriculture (growing pepper and tomato); sale of commodities such as rice, tomato, sugar, matches etc…. The grantees signed individual agreements with LifeTime Projects which is a culmination of tremendous efforts from all those who contributed with a donation.  The smile on the women’s faces and the euphoria they manifested is the undeniable sign that words alone can never be enough to express their gratitude.  These women’s dreams are finally coming true due this women’s empowerment project.  As of today, the various grantees have begun to fulfill the terms of their agreement with Lifetime Projects by setting up their businesses and respecting the plans set out with them. One can say that a new page is being written in the women’s life story and that of their families.  The women express their gratitude daily and confirm their determination to keep moving forward each day for their own empowerment and for the development of their families. LifeTime Projects continues to accompany them and guide them in the development of their projects.

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Jul 27, 2017

Introductory workshop of natural cosmetics making

       Encouraged by the very positive outcome of the Diseñando Sueños project and workshops, we decided to take it one step further by setting up a new set of introductory workshops of natural cosmetics.Led and supervised by our Chilean volunteer Andrea, fourteen young girls of the Sayari Warmi center carefully followed the workshops and learnt how to make plant extracts, how to create Cusi oil based lip balm, a vegetal oil only produced in Bolivia, and finally how to make a rosemary shampoo. 

This workshop had different specific objectives, while always keeping in mind those of Diseñando Sueños, that is to empower the girls and ensure them an independence through knowledge and competencies. Andrea insisted in working with local products in order to guarantee a long term production and to facilitate the resupply of the ingredients. Cusi oil, almond oil, coco and cocoa butter, lavender and rosemary were the main ingredients used and are all locally produced.

As well as working in harmony with the local customs and means of production, one of the other main goals of the workshop was to learn how to create products that respect the environment, using natural resources.

Moreover, with the support of our new volunteer Victor, they are currently building a garden to grow themselves all the plants they will need but also other plants that are healthy to eat and use for daily care and medicinal purposes. 

          The workshop encountered a great success amongst the girls and marked the first step towards a professional training to the making of natural cosmetics. We continue to work really hard together to finalize the creation of their own brand and the selling of their natural handmade products in Cochabamba, but also for their growing garden to make sure they are self sustainable.

We thank you dearly for your support as the success of our projects strongly relies on your will to get involve with us !

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Apr 26, 2017

Another step towards independence !

The first step of the project “ Diseñando Sueños” ended on a positive note and with a lot of hope in the construction of a better future for the young Bolivian girls from Cochabamba. They have been trained through different workshops in fashion, design, and jewellery. Local expert contributors led these workshops. The sale of the products in France was a real success. Other workshops have also been implemented to improve the young women's skills, such as self-esteem through dance therapy, but also entrepreneurship. We noticed huge improvements in the young women's attitudes towards themselves and the development of their skills.  

The majority of the beneficiaries are now out of their foster homes, which is why our role is now to follow and support them as well as making sure that their personal and professional projects are on the right track. At the same time, we need to continue implementing the first step project’s workshops, and to diversify the fields of workshops. Our objective is that the newcomers can also participate in the projects and be empowered, as their predecessors have been, with more possibilities of specialisation. Once this has been achieved, we will organise the implementation of marmalade fabrication, recycling and ecological agriculture workshops, as well as reinforcing the entrepreneurship and self-esteem workshops.

For the second part of our project, we have established two main goals. The first one is to offer a variety of workshops to the girls focusing on recycling, products making and economical independency in order to generate incomes for both the centres and the girls that are already self-sustaining. The second goal is to implement a follow-up system that will enable the young women to find a job, create their own businesses and a network that will prevent them from falling back in a vicious cycle of violence and mistreatment.

In this rising project, we are searching for a place where they could live and sell their creations. It would be a space where they would be safe to talk, where they would be listened to, as well as being their work and training space.

Our partners are institutions and organizations as well as European and national volunteers who represent a strong network of competencies, knowledge and connections. These actors are specialised in women's rights and green economy, which enables us to be a step ahead of the current economy and to be part of the global understanding of current worldwide challenges. This also helps us achieve our last goal, which is to act in response to the Bolivian market and to make the girls’ professional and personal integration as easy as possible.   

 
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