It is current to mention that informality in labor relations in the fashion chain damages life quality of workers. Latin American immigrants are part of that reduction in official jobs: many of them end up living in the city of São Paulo and consequently, they work in sewing workshops, mostly in an irregular condition, due to the extensive network of contacts they already have.
For some time the Bolivian immigrant Alicia Vargas, owner of a sewing workshop, found herself in that situation. Looking to improve her way of life she entered the Tecendo Sonhos (Weaving Dreams) Program in 2018 and she managed to change her reality. This woman participated in activities such as the entrepreneurship course, acceleration of the Alinha Institute, which was highlighted in the Burda Style Magazine, in the April 2019 issue, in addition to being one of the guests to the first sector event promoted by the Tecendo Sonhos (Weaving Dreams) Program to tell her story. “In Tecendo Sonhos I learned many things, especially the value of my work. “Every day my dreams grow more”, Alicia celebrates.
Her career also led her to perform on the stage of the sixth edition of the National Event – You can undertake the career of entrepreneur – an institutional event held by Aliança Empreendedora. Her speech was present in the panel of inspiring ideas, a time where entrepreneurs tell their stories to empower even more those micro-entrepreneurs.
As in the case of Alicia, it is estimated that today there are thirteen thousand (13.000) sewing workshops with immigrant work in São Paulo, and unfortunately many of them are still in a vulnerable condition. ¡You can help and make a difference in those people!
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The value captured will be used to improve the infrastructure facilities and safety of those sewing workshops, helping immigrants to leave unhealthy environments, and thus seeking to promote quality of life for their associates.
The Tecendo Sonhos (Weaving Dreams) Program is an institutional initiative of Aliança, with the aim of collaborating for the promotion of fair and work-worthy relations, through actions that integrate both micro and small entrepreneurs of the textile chain, stakeholders, technologies that transform the relationships in their chain and responsible consumption.
The program is conducted in partnership with INDITEX/ZARA and Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, and supported by allied organizations, Centro de Apoio e Pastoral do Migrante – CAMI (Migrant Support and Pastoral Center), Presença na América Latina – PAL (Presence in America Latina) and Alinha Institute. Likewise, they also have obtained of the International Labor Organization (ILO), The C&A Institute and the Brazil Foundation.
The main benefited public is a Latin American immigrant, owner of sewing workshops and all those who wish to open a new business in other areas, with the support to entrepreneurs being executed from the performance of allied organizations.