Viviane Fortes works in small rural communities with those women who find themselves in a vulnerable condition.
By identifying their main skills, ske encourages those women to get together to learn from each other - but also to share and to get help from their peers.
While improving their skills in a craftwork, those women get stronger by gaining a sense of community, by valuing their own culture and tradition and by revisiting their own history.
When the group is strong and their skills have been developed, a designer is then invited to work with them in the creation of a collection of craft objects to be sold in design shops in the cities.
Income generation is the main result of this project. But it brings much more: it improves those women self esteem and well being. It strengthens regional culture. It helps preventing rural exodus.
In the Weavers from Tocoios group, 40 women meet daily in their work shed where they weave organic cotton that has been planted, harvested, spinned and dyed naturally in place.
The group travels monthly to sell their products and are starting to receive visitors who come not only to buy their products but also to see them working and singing.
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