32.17 millionSocio-Economic Facts
- Some 6.9 million Peruvians now live in poverty, 44 percent of whom are in rural Peru
- Peru’s poverty rate increased in 2017 for the first time since 2001, rising one percentage point to 21.7%
- Peru is one of the countries with the highest indicators of violence based on gender in Latin America. Between 2009 and 2015, 795 Peruvian women were victims of femicide, mostly perpetrated by their partners
Tailoring Workshop – Jicamarca
The Loreto Sisters have worked and lived in Jicamarca, Peru for over 15 years. In partnership with the Jesuits and the local community, the Sisters established a primary and secondary Fe y Alegria school in the area. In 2005, a group of women approached the Sisters about the possibility of setting up a dressmaking workshop to give them the skills to gain employment. The project’s two objectives are to provide training in tailoring and to encourage and support the women to gain employment and to start their own tailoring businesses.
A young mother’s life has been impacted –“I did not imagine that I would be here learning, achieving and making jackets. I am happy and grateful to the Sisters for their help. I invite other women to attend so they can have the chance to be self-sufficient and not depend on others”.
- Employ a teacher and coordinator.
- Offer courses in basic dressmaking, intermediate pattern making and design.
- Assist women to be financially independent.
- For women to gain an understanding of how to protect their children and families from human traffickers.
- To provide support to those women impacted by domestic violence.
2018 Project achievements
- 27 women participated in the one-year basic sewing skills course and the two–year tailoring course.
- Women previously relied on their husbands for financial support. Surrounded by entrepreneurial women and their teacher, they have gained skills, confidence and independence. They now envision a future of owning their own tailoring business.
- Most of the women now create custom pieces of clothing for the wider community.
- The women produced backpacks and recently begun to produce a variety of bags, including reusable shopping bags.
- The courses were promoted in mid-August to encourage young mothers from Fe y Alegria Mary Ward School to participate.
- The project team have been working in collaboration with another NGO – Mujeres de Impacto. This NGO specialises in working with vulnerable migrant single mothers, from other provinces in Peru and whom are victims of domestic violence. The women are offered medical and emotional support and workshops in personal development.
In Peru, the Loreto Sisters have worked and lived in Jicamarca, Peru for over 15 years. In partnership with the Jesuits and the local community, the Sisters established a primary and secondary school. Tailoring workshops have now also been established, encouraging women to gain employment and start their own business.
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