Rurapuk Mothers is a sewing collective which provides employment and helps to empower poor women. The members of Rurapuk Mothers receive a fare wage and profits are reinvested back into the projects. In Quechua, the language of the ancient Incas, Rurapuk means “people who help each other”.
The women of Rurapuk Mothers knit in their homes. Rapuk Mothers started in 2002 when one of the women began to make and copy the knitted finger puppets which are widely available in the local craft markets. She began to teach the women in the group how to knit them. The puppets have been a grand success and now the women are able to supplement the family income and have hope for the future.
The Rurapuk project is based in Paraiso Alto, a very poor part of Lima. This area has no running water, and no sewage system. About 25% of the people do not have electricity and most families live in one-room shacks with dirt floors. The people who don’t have electricity use candles, or buy it from a neighbor using an illegal connection. There are no doctors, hospitals, or clinics in the immediate area and there are no parks or green areas.
The project is run by the Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT – a not for profit organization) and has two permanent programs - The Rurapuk Hot Lunch Program and the Rurapuk Mothers.
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