WOMEN ADVANCE

A pathway to stable income through the Mujer Avanza co-operative.

Women Advance
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New opportunities

It is a known fact that COVID-19 affected several businesses over the past two years. In El Salvador, a group of women lost their jobs after the textile factory they were working for closed down.

Most of them are single, heads of their households, and come from low-income backgrounds. For them, being suddenly unemployed and facing poverty after working for so many years with brands worldwide was a shock.

They have decided to team up and form a co-operative called Mujer Avanza, but the government assistance they have received wasn't enough. Originally with 25 women, the group is now down to 17. They need a minimum of 15 members to maintain cooperative status.

Earlier this year, Good Neighbors El Salvador got involved and started helping the women develop their own brand.

How you can help

The group already has a lot of experience in making clothes but they need support with pricing, marketing strategies, administration, and other topics that will help them manage their business successfully and independently in the future.

Good Neighbors Canada is fundraising to assist the co-operative not only with training but also with raw materials and machinery. We are hoping to cover the costs of all the necessary equipment. Seven machines have already been delivered (and four more should arrive in August).

Currently, they are working on their business plan before purchasing any fabrics. The women meet regularly and also discuss safety concerns in the area, finances, and accounting. Their facility has been refurbished, painted and electrical wiring has been repaired.

 

some of the new machinery
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Ready for Christmas

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Aside from all preparation for the co-operative to start production, Good Neighbors is already liaising with potential customers who had already shown interest in the work the Mujer Avanza is doing.

From July to August the plan is to complete training, and have all the new machinery in their workplace so that in September they can start production.

Trade is anticipated to start around October so that the women have enough time to produce stock for the end of the year and be ready for Christmas!

A pathway to stable income through the Mujer Avanza co-operative.

We are a Canadian registered charity (Registration Number: 72273 2922 RR0001), therefore donations are eligible for a tax receipt, issued to the donor’s email. Changes and cancellations can be made anytime. Donors have the options of creating a donor account, powered by CanadaHelps DMS, to update information online. If you prefer to speak to our team, you can reach us at 1 (833) 614-GOOD (4663).

Thank you for supporting us!