Creamos was born in 2008 as a social entrepreneurship program under Safe Passage, out of the recognition of the severe economic challenges women face in Guatemala as a whole, which are often intensified amongst women living in our target community.
Creamos works hand in hand with Safe Passage to achieve its mission of providing economic, emotional and educational opportunities of the women who live in the community around the Guatemala City Garbage Dump community.
Our holistic approach aims to tackle the complex obstacles our women encounter. Through our two-pronged approach, we provide income-generating programs and supportive services that focus on emotional health for over 140 women. Our hope is by focusing on these two areas of human need, we can provide the opportunity for women to achieve a sustainable form of employment while being more present, caring and effective mothers for their children.
Creamos’ income generating program provides an alternative form of income so women no longer resort to working in the hazardous conditions of the garbage dump. Our affiliates earn on average 71% more than they would working in the dump. Creamos offers the following income generating opportunities:
- Jewelry Program: With 24 participants, women create jewelry products and accessories out of recycled material. Women are given the flexibility to work in their home and are required to study up until middle school.
- Sewing Program: This program produces accessories, home goods, clothing – including knitwear, and screen printing. Once accepted into the program, women are paid a justified hourly wage for their work and payment is based upon one’s skill level.
- Production: Creamos produces a variety of products for various companies utilizing a train the trainer modality. Our approach ensures our women are the leaders behind every production line. Creamos personnel manages the contact and logistics with the third party.
Creamos’ emotional support program, Creamos Voces, was created as a means to address the emotional and social challenges women in the community surrounding the garbage dump experience. We believe that women need more than just an income to achieve financial freedom. Creamos Voces aims to complement our income generating through the following programs:
- Financial literacy: A workshop that focuses on savings, budgeting, debt management, bank services and economic abuse. Upon graduation of this program, women are eligible for our matched savings program along with individual financial advisement.
- Individual Support: Consists of 12 one-on-one sessions with a trained therapist to address presenting challenges.
- Domestic Violence Support Group: A closed confidential group offered to survivors of domestic violence. The group strives to increase knowledge regarding the various factors of violence, enrich women’s perception of safety, and to increase knowledge of access to resources.
- Mindfulness and Movement Classes: Daily exercise classes are offered including Zumba, aerobics, pound fit, trauma-sensitive yoga and a soccer match. The goal of these programs is to enhance the self-esteem and sense of social support of our participants.
Please visit creamosfuturos.com for more information about Creamos, the mothers, their stories, and their art.