Work as an instrument
Nowadays, the word empowerment comes up almost instantly when we talk about gender issues. And much more if it is referred to women in vulnerable situation. Empowering is, simply speaking, for a person to discover its worth. It is reinforcing someone’s self-esteem in a way that identifies that they are valuable for who they are as well as for what they do. It is getting them to recognize that they are worthful, and that they can achieve whatever they want beyond the eyes of others.
In the specific case of SachaMama, work is the means or instrument that makes transformation possible. Weaving, which was mostly considered a hobby among the many activities carried out by the women of Santiago del Estero, became a lucrative activity that allowed them to bring home a supplementary income.
So, the woman no longer has a full day to dedicate herself to the multiple tasks of the house, washing, cooking, taking care of the animals, looking for water, doing the garden, because she needs time to work on her loom. Those around her must necessarily begin to replace her in those roles and give her more time for creation. It is then when, first with his partner and his family, and then in the community, they make their way and can stand in another way and find another look.
Life goes on in Boquerón
Finding a source of income through an activity that they carry out almost naturally is a blessing for the lives of women in San José del Boquerón. Because the loom gives a concrete possibility of progress without having to migrate from its beloved mount. The mount is a place of family, of meeting, and calmness. Slowly the call of big cities is being silenced without losing the desire to dream of a better future.
Feeling useful, loved, and respected. Women who manage to have their families to accompany them with them in the process of changing from hobby to work are the ones who can finally achieve fulfillment and feel complete.
Mariela Gómez expresses it with this phrase: “Being part of SachaMama gave me the possibility of having an income, knowing the value of my work and sustaining this ancestral art that identifies me.” And she adds, “It is beautiful to do what we like, to work without having to leave home, and to spend more time with my sons, Thiago and Emanuel, because I enjoy being with them.”
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