Workshop cloth diapers for babies and more, during and beyond the COVID19 pandemic economic crisis

Maria Suarez Toro
Posted June 4, 2020 from Costa Rica

In Costa Rica's Southern Caribbean, in communities with tourism as their main economy, many people lost their jobs when tourism was canceled in March with the COVID19 emergency. 

Very soon scarce savings were spent on food, so families with babies or elders who use pampers were having to choose between those two basic needs.

A group of women linked to Mano Vuelta** under the leadership of Javiera Aravenga Bergen of Bebés Costa Rica and Leda Villa of the Cahuita Women Garden  organized a training and production workshop this past September 3 rd  in order to teach 6 women from Limonal  how to make cloth diapers of all shapes and sizes.  Old t-shirts, collected through contributions in a community campaign will become the inner lining of the diapers and guess what the waterproof outside lining will come from? The cloth of old, broken umbrellas! 

The workshop was aimed at anyone who wanted to learn to sew in order to improve their economic situation, help the environment and promote a more sustainable life in the Caribbean. 

Four adolescent women  and two grandmas, none with babies now, came to the workshop.

It taught to produce a simple diaper made from recycled materials, sewn by hand. The tools and fabrics are simple: needles, thread, t-shirts and umbrella cloth.            The six women not only made one each but decided to create a join endeavor to make them to sell.

Workshop #2 eventually will be learning to use a sewing machine, making different sized patterns, cutting, assembly and sewing. 

Workshop #3, An extra for women only!  Making cloth feminine sanitary pads designed in different sizes, cut and assembled. They can be sewn by hand or machine.

The material was being collected by the organizers with Mano Vuelta and a contribution by another emergency campaign, Puerto Viejo Esenciales.

Contact:  Javiera Aravena Bergen  Tel: 83869145 Facebook: Bebés en Costa Rica

For more information about Mano Vuelta:  https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/maria-suarez-toro/posts/95335

 

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Jill Langhus
Jun 05
Jun 05

Hi Maria,

This is a great idea. When are the workshops taking place and how many people can attend? Thanks for sharing. I hope you share an update on how they go.

Maria Suarez Toro
Jun 05
Jun 05

Multiplying effect, so it will start with 12 and then ongoing.

Jill Langhus
Jun 05
Jun 05

Great to hear. When are they being held?

Chi8629
Jun 07
Jun 07

Thank you for sharing.

rebecca.tang
Jun 08
Jun 08

Thank you for sharing. It is sad to hear the situation of the people in Costa Rica. However, appreciate the creativity and the kindness of people who contributes to the campaign.
Keep the great work on and hope the situation will improve! May Almighty God bless you all!

Anita Shrestha
Jun 09
Jun 09

Thank you for sharing

Hello, Maria,

How are you doing? Cloth diapers are environment-friendly. This is the way forward! Have you considered making a facial mask, too? I am happy to read that you are providing trainings for this. Great job! Thank you for sharing. :)

Please stay safe!