Income-Generation Skills for Battered Mothers



A center is needed to help 150 youths-most of them battered- wives to learn handicraft skills to become self-sufficient and support their families. In turn, their own young are not forced into crime.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In this most dilapidated of slum communities teenage moms struggle to raise their families amidst dire poverty, drug trafficking, prostitution, poor sanitation (inc no clean running water), domestic violence and alcoholism. Poverty forces their young children to turn to prostitution and the drug trade, often ending up in jail or, worse, dead. The handicraft cooperative offers a wonderful opportunity for these women to learn vital skills and then sell their wares as souvenirs to a waiting market.

How will this project solve this problem?

150 women to be taught artisanal handicrafts, embroidery, business management skills. Further support is available in parenting & ,health issues, environmental education & human rights et al. A partnership has also been set up with a local university

Potential Long Term Impact

3 benefit levels: 150 families generate long term, sustainable income; 100s of youth are kept out of the penal system and drugs trade; the wider community gains access to a healthy trade market whilst rediscovering its traditional handicraft custom

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

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Dreams Can Be Foundation

Johnstown, PA, United States

Project Leader

Christine Clauser

Director of Development - Dreams Can Be Foundation
Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil

Where is this project located?

Map of Income-Generation Skills for Battered Mothers