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.
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.
The women dye the wool from their own sheep using natural plants, flowers and bark from local trees.
The women of the Club de Mujeres de Yurac Yacu have begun to make sellable items, such as hats, scarves, gloves and stockings.
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