ABOUT OUR PARTNER
Moviendo Esperanzas is a non-profit organization that directs donations and resources to communities in vulnerable conditions, poverty, extreme poverty, or social risk in Costa Rica. Their goal is to partner with you to give hope where only dreams exist. They are based in Cartago, Costa Rica.
FROM OUR PARTNER
Barra del Colorado is a coastal community, located in the Costa Rican Caribbean side, at the mouth of the Colorado River. This territory has been declared a wildlife refuge, so it is a protected area. And in this hard to reach, distant community, there are more than 30 women struggling with limited sources of income and significant social issues. They live under impoverished conditions, physical and emotional abuses, and family conflicts. Others have their children in prison due to drugs.
Participants have been able to learned craft techniques with recyclable materials, and learned about finishings and product quality to sell. Currently, they make several products like: basket weaving with paper straws (baskets, magazine racks, etc.); embossing with aluminum cans (jugs, vases); beads with paper, aluminum, seeds, stones, wire (jewelry); making Afro-Caribbean sculptures; working with bottles, paper, fabric, etc.
Their constant struggle is reflected daily through the effort they put into their training (despite their household responsibilities) and the constant need to find nourishment for their kids through badly paid temporary jobs. Regardless of their circumstances, these women are committed and perseverant. They are life's heroes not because of their affinity for craftsmanship, it is about them struggling in a remote and impoverished community with limited opportunities to flourish.
In this story there is no single name or face, there are 30 women filled with excitement for their creations, encouraging each other’s hopes, getting close to God – some more confidently than others – and have reached this point of the project demonstrating responsibility, dedication, enthusiasm, creativity, and other virtues. This effectively shows that they are VIRTUOUS WOMEN, whom God loves and has in His hands, and that today, you can be a part of their story.
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