Dear friends of Building Dignity,
For many, the arrival of fall is a busy time, characterized by back-to-school preparations and a quickened pace of work. In Lima, the change in season marks a refreshed commitment to our mission, as we seek creative ways to fuel neighborhood-led development.
Amidst this flurry of activity, we would like to share with you the stories of a few courageous women, who are working to expand their skill set, broaden opportunities for their family, and contribute to the development of their community.
In May 2012, Building Dignity collaborated with the city government of Lima to launch a new program called “Mujer Emprende” (Enterprising Women), which enables women to generate income through the production and sale of artisanal crafts. Each week, women meet at the Center for Development with Dignity to learn the arts of sewing, weaving, knitting and more. The results—impeccably crafted jewelry, dolls and decorations—are then sold at artisan fairs throughout the city, allowing these women to support themselves and their families.
“Mujer Emprende” recognizes, however, that a woman’s well-being depends on much more than her income. Thus, workshop facilitators interweave artisanship with discussions of self-esteem, domestic violence, women’s rights, gender equality, preventative health, and leadership.
We invite you to meet some of the women of “Mujer Emprende” through their own words:
“Mujer Emprende” is another avenue by which Building Dignity seeks to fuel community-led development through empowerment and education. For us, it has been a pleasure to work closely with these women. On behalf of the 16 participants of “Mujer Emprende,” a heartfelt thank you for your support!