Jan 052012

The makers of our macramé bracelets

We began the Macrame project in an attempt to aid community leaders at a difficult time with hardships such as the access to basic needs. Our first macramé students were community care givers that once worked in the children and infant service programs in the community. The necessary basic services were terminated due to corruption by the governing bodies and institutions. These women continued to work without pay for 6 months because of their care and the pressing needs of the children.

Teaching how to make macramé bracelets

The impact we hoped to have was to create not only the economic viability for the mothers to maintain access to basic necessities (there by alleviating the problem), but also to create a community based program. This program would demonstrate how needs can be met by projects funded from within the communities themselves. Through the continued support of our graduates and the productions of the training courses we have funded the building of a community basic needs center that will act as a refuge point in times of intense flooding. It can be used as a community center for other projects and is the only building in the community with running water, toilets, and showers. Having just completed the primary construction on November 5, 2011 we are eager to formulate a new level of child and infant services that the building is designed to provide. Continue reading »

Jan 052012

An assortment of amber macramé bracelets

These macramé are made in a series of community’s surrounding the small outpost community of Tosagua, Ecuador. These are low visibility areas with people living at or below the subsistance level. These individual communities each bring their own unique dynamic. The macramé is made in many different home style and community group productions. This adds diversity in resources and socioeconomic structure. Some are made as part of cultural preservation classes designed for skills training and job creation. Continue reading »