25 battered mothers and their children, who exhibit delinquent behaviors, find solidarity among other families that share their experience. They come from the poorest area within Brazil: an overcrowded city that lacks basic sanitation and government services. They meet with professional social workers who counsel them through the process of waiting for a place at the shelter and also help in conflict resolution.
The women get training in the handicraft of doll-making, a part of their cultural heritage. Creating dolls with their children brings families closer together, provides income and teaches marketing skills.
Solidarity Studio will create a sustainable income- generation program for 25 women. It will empower them to leave abusive households and to provide for their families, and will offer psychological counseling for them and their children.