Sep 13, 2017

Great news from old friends of La Casa de Panchita

Dear Supporters:

We are very happy because we received the visit of four domestic workers whose situation has improved thanks to the training they received at La Casa de Panchita, before finding a job through our employment agency. Thanks to your support:

  • Alicia, who was 21 years old in 2012, received training and obtained her first job, with a salary of PEN 1,000 (USD 310) and social benefits. She remained there until 2015, when she had a baby. By then, she was earning PEN 1,650 (USD 510) per month.
  • Ubaldina, from Cusco, got her first job in 2011 and has kept that position until last September, earning PEN 1,300 (USD 400) per month. She has returned to La Casa de Panchita because she wishes to switch from “live in” domestic work to “live out”, to be able to spend more time with her family. She received all her social benefits and a good letter of recommendation.
  • Leydi, at age 27, trained with us and got a job in 2011. She started earning PEN 750 (USD 230), the minimum wage at the time. Today she is still employed and her salary has increased up to PEN 1,400 (USD 430).
  • Aurea first came to La Casa de Panchita when she was 49. After training, she started taking care of an elderly lady, until she passed away this year. Aurea started earning PEN 900 (USD 280) and ended up earning PEN 1,300 (USD 400) monthly.

Alicia, Ubaldina, Leydi and Aurea are just a sample of the approximately 400 women who are trained annually to empower themselves, improve their work skills and learn how to negotiate more dignified conditions in domestic work. The fact that they returned to La Casa de Panchita after so many years shows the importance of our work, which is only possible thanks to your solidarity.

Thank you!

Best regards,

Blanca Figueroa

Jun 20, 2017

News from AGTR-La Casa de Panchita

Dear supporters,

This month, our institutional venue, "La Casa de Panchita", has obtained the operating license as an employment agency in domestic service from the municipality of Lince. Now we are applying for a permission to place a sign on our building, which will motivate more domestic workers to visit us.

Meanwhile, our workshops with women in domestic work are taking place as usual and we are collecting very interesting testimonies that we would like to share with you:

In the session with Sofia, on how to improve self-esteem, one of the participants told us: "I am ashamed to say that when I serve food in my house, I always serve my husband first...most times I do not eat meat, because there is none left. And as you say, if my daughter sees what I do, when she has her husband she'll do the same. That is what my mother did with my dad. I do not want to make the same mistake, so I will try to change for her. " (Anonymous).

In the session with Agatha, on how to negotiate with potential employers, Esmeralda told us: “I learned that I can smile and say that if I do not know how to do something, I can learn! And I must not accept to work without a written contract”.

In the session with Rosario on the importance of Social Security: "I asked my employer to insure me; I insisted and insisted, and she finally accepted. I understood what you explained us and from now on I will always pay my fee". (Lupe)

In the session with Lizbeth, for special questions: "I felt very good talking to you. I learned that it is important to finish my studies, and also to prepare myself professionally for my work in a house. " (Rosa)

These and other important changes are possible thanks to your solidarity and support. Thank you!

Best regards,

Blanca Figueroa

Jun 16, 2017

Great little adventures for our girls

Dear Supporters,

This year we want girls in child domestic labor who participate in Sunday sessions at La Casa de Panchita to have the opportunity to enjoy the cultural offer of Lima. We have taken them several Sundays - while the weather was still warm - to the Water Park, which has many fountains in which to play. We also took them to see a theater play for children. They had never been to the theater and some girls did not know what a theater was. They liked it very much and for them it was a very valuable experience!

At the end of the day we asked:

How did you feel at La Casa de Panchita?

  • "I felt happy and I laughed" (Mara, 10 years old)
  • "I loved the food and I could repeat" (Karla, 11 years old)

What did you learn today?

  • "I learned not to be ashamed and many new things. I also laughed a lot" (Ximena, 10 years).
  • "I learned about domestic child labor and, at the theater, that dreams can come true" (Anahí, age 13)
  • "I met some theater actors today and I really liked it because I had never been to the theater" (Alison, 14).
  • "I like my storybook [which she received as a gift]; I'm going to show it to my mom" (Cristina, 9 years old).

All this is possible thanks to your support. Thank you!

Best regards, 

Blanca Figueroa

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