By Ileana Leyba de Villegas | Project Leader. NGO Director
This has been a tough year for our operation facind odd socio economic times for our country and people. However, after the two cohorts completed in July we have not been able to continue with the program not even printed materials having not received any funds to date. But efforts still for completing new cohorts, consequently we have reached an agreement with a new Municipalilty who is attending low income women providing them with preparation for production through handcrafted artisan production. We have offered them to complete their preparation to manufacture such articles and have concluded that next year witl be providing them with our program contents for them to create cooperative work small enterprises making use of the tools we will teach them.
We hope to have the opportunity to prepare them. .Just US$ 10 will serve to attend one women with all the 12 sessions classes at the local popular market rooms, presented by our volunteers . Should we complete US$ 250 we will be able to produce these contents and attend them as described for 25 more women integrated to the productive life allowing them to provide their home livelihood.
These results were more than expected!. In our previous report we informed that a new cohort was soon to be completed, but our expectations were exceeded through some alliances we have signed with important corporations that have been our projects' benefactors through the year.
Taking the opportunity of being a co-participating member of the Caracas Start Up Week we founded the best arena to potentiate our interventions, considering that facilities at remote places or waiting for rooms provided by the communities or Municipalities were impeding a higher impact and reach. So we have found out that initiating alliances with various corporations enabled to add not only wider and beautiful classrooms and coffee breaks, but marvellous volunteer teams who acted as instructors to complete two programs which helped us reach out 60 new beneficiaries that are now prepared with financial and entrepreneurship knowledge and tools for them to initiate their own business.
With the resources some donors have provided and finding out this important support to our structure, we were able to duplicate expectations. We feel proud of counting with excellent companies, Telefonica and DirecTV , to provide their spaces and volunteerism to cope with these two cohorts. One of these, the program taught at Telefonica Foundation, was addressed to teachers for them to replicate the knowledge among their schools' students who needed it primarily.
New steps to climb for reaching our goals and we keep walking.
After various controversial months both for the political and economic aspects envolving our organization and projects, we are next to initiate a new cohort of women. These women are now receiving preparation for clothing sewing and will be ready to receive our capacitation once their course is finished. We have contacted other organizations that usually provide women with abilities and production skills but there is a lack of financial and entreprenurial tools needed to initiate a small business.
After two months of not having found an interesting number of women to continue with our project, we will be initiating this new course for a team of 18 women in a three weeks period. Materials have already been prepared for them to count on printed support and classes will be provided in another municipality we have impacted to date. We have not received any funding yet but count on at least the necessary donation to afford costs involved in production matters.
We hope to count with social media to support this initiative, not only ours but also from the other organization and will keep you informed on these regards.
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