New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste

by Empreza Diak Vetted since 2017
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
New Livelihoods for 150 Artisans in Timor-Leste
Celebrating Women
Celebrating Women's International in Uaro-ana

With your support we have been able to work with 150 artisans in Timor-Leste, developing traditional and new livelihoods as well as designing new products and services that meet the needs of these amazing communities.

Last February we launched the Handicraft Workshops at our center in Atauro, a new offer on social tourism, where visitors can meet the wonderful artisans of the island and be trained by them on traditional handicraft techniques. These workshops aim to value the cultural heritage, knowledge and artistic skills of Atauro’s artisans and, at the same time, it is a new source of income for the remote communities of the island.

On 8 of March we joined the global celebration for the International Women’s Day. In the beautiful island of Atauro our staff, volunteers and interns celebrated this special day with the amazing women from Uaro-ana, discussing gender equality and women’s role in their community.

We feel very lucky to have such strong women in our team working with strong women of Atauro! As Michelle Obama stated “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish”

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If you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Dili and Atauro (links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these amazing artisans! If you are visiting Atauro, talk to us to know more about the handicraft workshops.

Learning how to make a Katupa
Learning how to make a Katupa
Handicraft Workshop in Atauro
Handicraft Workshop in Atauro
Campaign against gender-based violence in Atauro
Campaign against gender-based violence in Atauro

Our team provided business training to 32 female artisans from Uaro-Ana, Biqueli and Vila (Atauro). During the training these women were able to develop useful business skills and learn new tools to use within their work.

For this year annual “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence” campaign we organised several activities with rural communities around Atauro. As part of it, our team visited Vila, Arlo, Makadade, Makili and Uar-uana where they talked about the significance of this campaign and the importance of men and women standing up together to say NO to Gender-based violence
More than 120 women, men and young people joined us to shout STOP! violence against women and girls, promising that they would spread this message with their families and friends.

Getting ready for Christmas we worked with the artisans to develop new products and beautiful holiday baskets. We had a couple of intense weeks but the best part was the innovation and creativity vibe and the amazing feedback that we got from the several Christmas Market that we participated during this season.

As this will be our last update for 2018, our team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful 2019!

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If you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Dili and Atauro (links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these amazing artisans!

Women and men standing together against GBV
Women and men standing together against GBV
Training female artisans on business skills
Training female artisans on business skills
New "Grow your herb" kit
New "Grow your herb" kit
Zen Christmas basket full of new products
Zen Christmas basket full of new products
Atauro Handicraft Market - Arlo
Atauro Handicraft Market - Arlo's artisans

We are so thrilled by your support and inspired by the achievements of this project that we decided to extend it in order to have a greater impact and keep supporting these amazing artisans.

Last June we hosted the 2nd Atauro Handicraft Market and more than 40 artisans came from this remote island to Dili (some of them came to the countries’ capital for the first time!). The day before the market our team provided them some further training on numeracy, visual merchandising and sales support.

The Handicraft Market was a huge success, we had tons of visitors, live music from Atauro, delicious local food and all the artisans sold out their products, creating a significant and direct impact on Atauro’s economy.

The event was a great opportunity for the artisans to get feedback on their products and to see their skills and cultural heritage appreciated by a wider audience. The General Director of the Secretary of Satate for Art and Culture, Ms. Cecilia Assis, delivered the opening speech, joining us on raising awareness for the economic empowerment potential of the creative industries in Timor-Leste.

With your help we are supporting remote communities of Atauro island, developing new livelihoods as a way of income generation.

You can follow the project on Facebook and Instagram  

If you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Dili and Atauro (links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these amazing artisans! 

Atauro Handicraft Market - Uaro-Ana
Atauro Handicraft Market - Uaro-Ana's artisans
Atauro Handicraft Market - Rapin Hirik demo
Atauro Handicraft Market - Rapin Hirik demo
Buying beautiful and unique handicrafts
Buying beautiful and unique handicrafts
Communities, team and volunteers made it possible
Communities, team and volunteers made it possible
Mission accomplished, time to go back home!
Mission accomplished, time to go back home!
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It's great to have inspiring visitors

Almost a year has passed since we launched the campaign and we are only one (baby) step away to achieve the full objective!

With your help we are supporting remote communities of Atauro island, developing new livelihoods. These communities have accomplished so much, not only by developing new livelihoods as a way of income generation but also by proudly seeing their cultural heritage and handicrafts appreciated by a greater audience.

We keep on visiting these communities each month, giving them mentoring and access to market. Each visit is pure joy, seeing how much these artisans have developed their skills and self confidence.

To celebrate these amazing artisans and this beautiful island, Empreza Di'ak will host the 2nd Atauro Handicraft Market in Dili on the 23th of June. If you are around, please join us on this very special event! Visitors will have the opportunity to know more about Atauro, its communities and culture and will have the unique chance to meet the artisans and buy handicrafts from this beautiful island. Check out the event page on Facebook!

 

You can follow the project on Facebook and Instagram  

If you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Dili and Atauro (click links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these amazing artisans! 

On our way to visit the community groups of Makili
On our way to visit the community groups of Makili
Women weaving in Makili
Women weaving in Makili
Local artisans learning about business!
Local artisans learning about business!

 

After 9 months the objective is almost fully achieved! It has been amazing to share with such remote communities the appreciation that people from all over the world have been showing, the support they have been gathering for their work. The local artisans are producing more and more products and improving their lives!

It is now time to think about the next steps, how to build up on this success, how to continue paving the way for this amazing artisans to thrive!

On March 21st it is the third anniversary of our Social Business Center in Atauro island and we visited all our communities to celebrate together this strong partnership. Check out the video here!

You can follow the project on Facebook and Instagram  if you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Dili and Atauro (click links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these amazing artisans! 

Sewing classes with Atauro women
Sewing classes with Atauro women
 

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Empreza Diak

Location: Dili - East Timor
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Twitter: @emprezadiak
Project Leader:
Maria Amado
Dili, East Timor
$7,965 raised of $10,000 goal
 
115 donations
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