Design and Fashion From the Shantytown of Rio

by COOPA-ROCA

Summary

In the shantytown of Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a women's craftwork cooperative is giving slum dwellers a chance to create clothes seen on the fashion catwalks from Sao Paulo to Paris.
$1,004.00
total raised
17
donors
0
monthly donors
11
years active

Challenge

The cooperative has nearly 150 female members, but is located in one of the most violent areas of Rocinha. The small headquarters office of the COOPA-ROCA is beginning to compromise the growth of the cooperative, and the women need a safe place to work. Our national and international market expansion, as well as the extent of the social impact of COOPA-ROCA on the Rocinha community, will be compromised if we remain in the same premises.

Solution

Since 2001 Maria Teresa Leal has been working to secure new headquarters for COOPA-ROCA. This new building will allow for cooperative growth and incorporate a health clinic.

Long-Term Impact

90 direct (360 indirect) beneficiaries will see results such as increased income, preserved artisan handicraft techniques, strengthening of identity, increase in self-esteem, economic, cultural and social integration and improved quality of life.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

Resources

http:/​/​www.coopa-roca.org.br/​en/​index_en.html
Ashoka Profile
Avina Foundation

Organization Information

COOPA-ROCA

Location: Rio de Janerio – RJ - Brazil
Website: http:/​/​www.coopa-roca.org.br/​en/​index_en.html
Project Leader:
Maria Teresa Leal
Executive Coordinator
Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Funded Project!

Thanks to 17 donors like you, a total of $1,004 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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