In the second meeting with freed women of the Lili Cooperative, held in February at the Humanitas360 Institute, the focus was on reestablishing the textile production. Ana Cristina, Dirce, Gláucia, Geane, Tânia and Tais brought the first batch of embroidery, crochet and other works they did in their homes during the end of the year. “The work is great and shows dedication on their part. They are very interested in continuing to learn techniques to make more elaborate embroidery,” says Rochele Beatriz, a sewing techniques mentor who taught the women.
Since december, H360 has gathered women who left the Tremembé II Women’s Penitentiary and were former members of the Lili Cooperative — created there in 2017 and shut down last year by the São Paulo state government. No longer with access to the detainees, Humanitas360 aims in this new phase of the project to resume the activities of the cooperative with the freed women who worked inside the penitentiary and are now trying to rebuild their lives after having served their sentences. As already happened in the activities inside the prison, the products are marketed by the Tereza brand and all the revenue is shared among the cooperative members. See how the day went: