Andean Alliance

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Club de Mujeres de Yurac Yacu

logo I and picThe Club de Mujeres de Yurac Yacu was established in 2013 as an Andean Alliance program supported by the Sombrilla International Development Society from Canada.

The club involves about twenty women of mixed ages, who have been attending twice-weekly knitting and dying classes in the Yurac Yacu Community Development Center.

Early childhood education (Piet Set and Pre-school Los Girasoles) is provided for those women who come with young children.

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As Andean women have limited social opportunities, forming a loose cooperative offers them a stimulating, organized and an educational environment. In their classes they improve their skills and learn about small business development.

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The women dye the wool from their own sheep using natural plants, flowers and bark from local trees.

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The women of the Club de Mujeres de Yurac Yacu have begun to make sellable items, such as hats, scarves, gloves and stockings.

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These products will be sold at the kiosk of the Yurac Yacu Café.  The sale price of the products includes not only the costs for materials and the technical support to sustain the program of the Club de Mujeres de Yurac Yacu, but in addition each club member receives the full value of their work.

The sale of the women’s handicrafts  will add to their family’s income and help these women to become empowered in their community. With the support of the Sombrilla International Development Society and the Canadian Home Economics Foundation sewing will be added to the women’s repertoire of skills as a new program of the Andean Alliance. This will benefit both the sale of items and the quality of life for the people engaged in learning how to sew.

The ladies of the Club

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The teacher Bertha Minaya de La Cruz

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Eugenia Silverio Torres

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Domatilla Minaya de Vargas

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Donata Cano Picon

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Fabiana Anatolia Vargas Minaya

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Elena Colquehuanca Lazaro

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Marcela Mendoza Gomez

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Maria Gomez Juana

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Matilde Gomez Shuan

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Mayala Silverio Cano

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Melania Caldua Cipiriano

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Nancy Morales Lopez

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Victoria Silverio Lazaro

 

 

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