Published: Sunday, 15 August 2010 23:16
Written by Antonella Ferrucci
Portraits of EoC Entrepreneurs - A spinning mill and the culture of the "calchaquies" in Argentina. This is how the ideal of fraternity, incarnated in the working world, can be the chance for redemption for a group of women who have always been discriminated against and, little by little, to rediscover their identity and their dignity. The advantage goes towards an entire aborigine community.
"Tinku Kamayu" Business (United to Work)
By Margarita Ramirez De Moreno, Santa Maria di Catamarca, Argentina
I was born in Santa Maria, in a region at the foot of the Andes - rich in aboriginal culture but very poor. I'm a descendant of the aborigine "calchaquies", married and a mother of seven children.
I was the first diplomat to come from the Scuola Aurora of Santa Maria di Catamarca, recognized by the Argentinean government after 35 years of activity for its great educational contribution, as it also offers the study and recuperation of the techniques and symbols of the "quechua" culture. It was in that school that I met the Ideal of Fraternity, which I have chosen as the guiding compass of my life.
In 2003, faced with rampant unemployment, I started a spinning mill to supply the sewing lab at the school. It wasn't easy to convince the women of my land, who had always been discriminated, to take up the work of spinning again. To get to the mill, they would have to cross rivers and walk kilometers each day.
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