Dear GlobalGiving donors,
I am writing to thank you for your generous donations to our “Capacity-Building for Rural Women Artisans in Peru” project and to share with you the progress we are making towards empowering rural women artisans to lead successful, independent cooperative businesses that will allow them to earn a sustainable, long-term income.
A year ago, we started working with an especially motivated group of knitters from a community called Rumira. This month, we broke ground on a crafts center for them!
Rumira is one of our most motivated and advanced cooperatives. Our goal is to provide them with market access while teaching them to run their own business. The women need a center so they have a place to run their business. Currently, they store equipment and materials divided up in peoples’ homes, where it is hard to keep track of and at risk of damage from the children, animals, cookfires and other moving parts of an Andean home!
At the center, the women will be able to store equipment and materials like floor looms, sewing machines and knitting needles. They will have a place to keep materials so they can buy yarn collectively in bulk, saving them money and ensuring they don’t run out of yarn in the middle of an order. The center will also have a kids’ play area stocked with books and toys to keep the little ones busy so their moms can work, and a storefront so the women can sell directly to tourists. As Estela and Justa, two knitters, say, “The center will be great to sew, weave, have meetings, and is close to home. We are very excited to be able to work there and sell our products from there too.”
Stay tuned! GlobalGiving has a Match Day coming up on July 16, and as a Superstar Partner, we will get a 50% match for any donations received that day! We will be raising money for the center. We only need $2000 to finish the first phase of the center and ensure that the women have a space they can use while we build the rest.
Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Awamaki) for updates about the center and a reminder about Match Day!
Again, we thank you for your support and donations and we look forward to expanding upon our progresswith the “Capacity-Building for Rural Women Artisans in Peru” project and sharing oursuccesses with you!
Thank you for your continuous support and donations to our “Teach to Teach” project. Your donations allow us to continue providing teacher support to our Spanish teachers as they grow their Spanish school and become confident teachers.
Recently, our teachers participated in an incredible teacher training. Chrissie Ellison, an Englishwoman living nearby in Peru, with a lifetime of teaching experience behind her, and a certificate from Cambridge University in teaching English as a Second Language, led a true “Teach to Teach” teacher training course. She gave 20 sessions focusing on a plethora of topics that include the importance of phonetics, how to plan a lesson, and how to practice concepts and evaluate progress of students. As part of the course, Chrissie and the women assessed what teaching materials would be most useful to them. They used donations from GlobalGiving to buy teaching materials like books and posters.
Aby, a Spanish teacher beautifully articulates the impact of the training on her and the members of the Spanish cooperative. “Before Chrissie’s course, all of us approached our work as teachers as individuals. We now want to go forward as a team to ensure the success of the Awamaki Language Centre. We understand that this might mean putting in extra unpaid hours to learn and improve, but we hope that this will bring larger rewards in the future.”
With your support, Awamaki continues to support ongoing trainers for the women in order to enrich their teaching strategies and the classroom atmosphere for the students and teachers alike. These experiences boost the women’s self-confidence in their teaching, increases their awareness of practical, dynamic approaches to teaching effectively, and create a greater sense of community among the women. The women built up great rapport with Chrissie, understood the value in her teaching methods, enjoyed making and using new teaching materials, and immediately started to put in place some of her teaching techniques. Since the end of the course, the teachers have met weekly to reflect on their instruction and to share helpful insight on teaching.
Dear GlobalGiving Donors,
Thank you for your continuous support and donations to our project of “Empowering Women Through Design in Rural Peru”. We have an exciting announcement to make!
Martha, from our Rumira knitting cooperative, has joined the Awamaki team as our knit production coordinator! Martha is a talented knitter and the treasurer of the Rumira cooperative. At Awamaki, we try to carry out our mission in all aspects of our work, and that means hiring and training staff from the communities we serve. We are training Martha to do knitting design and technical design so that she can work with volunteers to ensure their designs come out correctly. She is also doing quality control for all knit and handspun products, which means managing three different cooperatives!
By training Martha to create and teach knit designs, we are paving the way for the women artisans to keep taking leadership with product design. “I enjoy working for Awamaki and learning and sharing my experiences with others here. I’m very happy here.”
Please send us your best wishes to help us welcome Martha to our team!