Awamaki

Awamaki collaborates with the greater Ollantaytambo community to create economic opportunities and improve social well-being.
Jun 20, 2014

Spanish Teacher's Training

Aby, a Spanish Teacher applying her training
Aby, a Spanish Teacher applying her training

Dear GlobalGiving donors,

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.

Jun 20, 2014

Welcome, Martha!

Welcome Martha, the Knit Production Coordinator!
Welcome Martha, the Knit Production Coordinator!

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!

Mar 26, 2014

Updates regarding our Quality Assessment Workshops

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 incredible progress we’ve made with the members of our Fair Trade Women’s Cooperative.

As our reputation continues to grow, and our number of orders and clientele increases, it’s extremely important that our cooperatives continuously broaden their product knowledge base and technical skills. As always, the goal of this particular project is to provide technical help, product development advice, skills training, and appropriate tools to members of our artisan cooperatives.

Awamaki is currently administering a pilot program of quality assessment workshops to the women of our weaving cooperatives. Generally speaking, the women of the Patacancha lack the proper critical thinking skills to analyze the quality of the products they create for Awamaki. Through these workshops, the women are learning important skills such as how to standardize product measurements, recognize the distinction between straight and rounded edges, read custom textile design orders, and maintain color consistency in their weavings. We will also provide rubrics with detailed instructions, and additional tools to ensure utmost accuracy for the orders we place with each cooperative.

In administering this project, we hope to create greater transparency on the reasoning behind Awamaki’s product orders and payments. Giving the women quality assessment skills not only empowers them to better manage their production process, but also allows them to make informed decisions to overcome any administrative or technical issues within the cooperative.

Your support through GlobalGiving allows Awamaki to support the women of our cooperatives with skill building and knowledge training.  Workshops like these translate directly into increased economic opportunities and a better life for the women and their families. Please stay tuned for more updates about our quality assessment workshops!

 
   

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