About Us

Who We Are: “Mujeres Unidas” is an orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides voca­tional train­ing, child­care, and social pro­gram­ming for women in one of Lima, Peru’s poor­est com­mu­ni­ties. Since its incep­tion in 2010, the women have con­structed a com­mu­nity cen­ter and own the prop­erty that serves the 450 girls and women liv­ing in the community.

Our Mis­sion State­ment: To give an oppor­tu­nity to the com­mu­nity of girls, women, and moth­ers, to learn, train, develop, and exchange ideas to move forward.

Our Objec­tives: 1) to pro­vide voca­tional train­ing to women and girls in the com­mu­nity, in the form of sewing, knit­ting, and business/accounting/computer classes; 2) to pro­vide much needed social pro­grams for women and girls in the com­mu­nity such as coun­sel­ing, fit­ness, and edu­ca­tion 3) to cre­ate more unity in the com­mu­nity by orga­niz­ing com­mu­ni­ty­wide events such as a yearly vol­ley­ball tournament.

The Com­mu­nity of Vir­gen de La Can­de­laria: The com­mu­nity of Vir­gen de La Can­de­laria is located in Villa Maria del Tri­unfo, Lima, and includes around 450 fam­i­lies.  The girls and women of Mujeres Unidas con­ducted a sur­vey to assess the needs in the com­mu­nity.  They found that the aver­age house­hold income is between 300–600 soles per month (approx­i­mately $120-$220), the major­ity of the fam­i­lies are migrants to the city from rural areas, and have very basic edu­ca­tion– most have not com­pleted sec­ondary school.  The com­mu­nity does not have run­ning water, sewage, a clinic, or paved streets.  They live on land that was for­merly a garbage dump for Lima.

Our Approach: The girls and women of Mujeres Unidas began self-organizing them­selves in July 2010, using a purely grass­roots and par­tic­i­pa­tory process, where the women lead and make all the deci­sions regard­ing the orga­ni­za­tion. The idea is to strengthen and build off of the skills the girls and women already obtain and for­mal­ize these skills so that they are marketable.

Our Suc­cess: To date, through var­i­ous fundrais­ing projects such as “pol­ladas,” (com­mu­nity fundrais­ers), sell­ing food and clothes, and solicited dona­tions, they raised 13,750 soles (approx­i­mately $5000) to buy a plot of land and con­struct a com­mu­nity cen­ter.  The girls and women have imple­mented a day­care and two work­shops– knit­ting and sewing; and have orga­nized a com­mu­ni­ty­wide vol­ley­ball tournament.

 

Volleyball tournament

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