BENEFITING: Nourish International
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Chapter: Emory Nourish
Partner Organization: MOCHE, Inc.
Project Description: This year, Emory University is partnering with MOCHE, Inc. to support local women’s artisan co-ops in Peru by improving their production standards, building business and leadership skills, and constructing new market stalls.
Improving the production standards and business skills of the women will help increase their revenue and make the co-op more efficient and productive. Furthermore, the market stalls will enable the women to sell their products in a more organized, comfortable, and sustainable manner.
We will also be working on a heritage center, which will promote cultural heritage preservation, a keystone of MOCHE’s mission. It will also increase local income through tourism, which will increase the standards of living.
Apart from the economic benefits of the co-op, there are also many positive social implications for co-op members, such as women’s empowerment and improving social cohesion.
As volunteers, we will be doing the followings:
- Capacity Building and Construction
- Work with women on product standardization and business skills.
- Help design and lead the workshops
- Construct market stalls and heritage center
- Cultural Heritage
- Assist in opening the heritage center, which will have displays, replicas and information on the cultural heritage of the Moche Valley.
- Promote the heritage center as a tourist venue in order to increase local income, change standards of living, and protect the cultural heritage of the Moche valley.
We will continue our collaboration with MOCHE, Inc. from last summer. MOCHE is a non-profit organization that strives to improve the quality of life of rural communities in Peru through preservation of archaeological sites, sustainable rural development programs, and promoting research and education on the rich cultural heritage of Peru.
The MOCHE Women’s Artisan Cooperative was organized in Ciudad de Dios in 2012. The women of the co-op voted to name themselves MOCHE: Mujeres Organizadas Caminando Hacia la Esperanza (Women Organized and Walking Towards Hope). Job opportunities for women are limited in rural Peru, the artisan co-op was created so that women in the community who are skilled weavers and knitters can become self-sufficient and have a steady income to help support their families.