Dora stitches baby booties for the Gendercide Awareness Project. She now has basic computer and business skills as well.
Dora learned to embroider pillows and table runners thanks to Honduras Threads, a nonprofit founded by M’Lou Bancroft. She then trained the women to use and maintain sewing machines. Dora was a mainstay and guiding force in the cooperative, encouraging other women to stick with it through an unrewarding learning period that took several years. Her determination paid off. With time all the women earned income to provide more nutritious meals for their families, schooling for their children, and medical care for family members.
This past summer, Honduras Threads sent sewing instructors, computer instructors, and computers to train 50 women and teenagers in higher level sewing and basic computer skills (email, internet searches, and cost accounting using Excel). At the end of the summer all 50 were tested and received certificates. Honduras Threads left a lending library of several computers that the women can check out to practice at home.