Maria Lyriam Rivera – Valientina Rag Dolls
Path of Hope and Progress Foundation – CESPRO in its Spanish abbreviation – is an institution focused on working with vulnerable populations, especially women and children who have been victims of domestic violence. We have designed a small workshop for this group, where we give to these mothers, who are heads of families, a specific training focused in the craft of beautiful rag dolls, along with a small production system and the possibility to sell the products created during the project in a local market.
The women receive hands on trainings on how to create the dolls. These women do not have a lot of work opportunities in the labor market and they have lived in difficult situations, sometimes derived of sexually abusive and domestic violence, hence they need economic and psychological support found in these groups.