Juriti Project Update – Income Generating Skills for Battered Women
Increasing our Capacity
At present our original group of 25 women are working in income-generating activity in the space given by the Casa Brazil in the center of the city.
We are currently forming two more groups of 25 women each: one on Horto hill and another in a small house next to our property (donated by the local government). Some of the women are already launching their own businesses, using space in their own homes.
These two new groups have different characteristics: one works with female heads-of-households and the other with young female workers from Horto hill, where we are establishing a school of Economic Solidarity, as well as a Solidarity Studio.
Along with the 75 women who are directly benefiting from the project, their 375 family members are indirect beneficiaries. For the original 25 women, the project has significantly improved their relationships with their children. The family environment is being structured with a basis in love, solidarity and generosity. Some of these mothers have gained an interest in computers and the internet, and are expressing the desire to improve their products through a course of handcraft design.
Utilizing Previous Funding
The $3400 from Global Giving will be used to install a store in Horto for one of our new groups, to pay the rent of the Shopping Post in front of the Father Cicero Statue, as well as the installation of the Solidarity Studio store. Annually the Father Cicero statue receives nearly 2 million visitors from all over the Northeast of Brazil, which will increase the sales volume of the products created by the three womens’ groups.
New Goals and Challenges
The great challenge of our project is the construction of a large workhouse and the purchase of equipment to improve production and packaging. We have land available to us donated by the municipal government of Juazeiro do Norte.
Cost of the workhouse: US $57,875
Cost of equipment: US $19,276.