Through this project, we hope to replace our sewing machines and materials that were burned in a massive fire on March 26, 2017. This project will enable us to fulfill our outstanding contracts, train new women into the program, and continue to provide sustainable and safe employment for women who previously worked in the Guatemala City Garbage Dump.
On March 26th, our sewing program was struck by tragedy as our workshop was destroyed in a massive fire. We lost a great deal of sewing machinery and materials. We have been tirelessly working to create partnerships with local businesses to provide a sustainable income for our women. This tragic incident has the potential to deeply affect current and future participants by taking away a secure source of income and safe place to belong to.
By replacing the sewing machinery and materials lost in the fire we will be able to resume our sewing program. The quicker our program is up and running, the sooner our participants will begin to earn a livable wage and provide for their families. However, our sewing program is not just an income generating program - it is a place for women to build camaraderie and learn skills that can change their life trajectory.
We currently work with 124 women, but we believe the long-term benefits will extend into the wider community. Through education, by developing their skills and working with them to have their voices heard, these women can become influential agents for change in the community. If they are able to become advocates for themselves, it is hoped they will also set an example to others experiencing similar challenges, providing an alternative female reality to that of oppression, fear and dependency.