On April 8th, Bia Doria, who serves as the president of the board of the Social Fund of São Paulo and as the first lady of the state, visited the co-operative created by the Humanitas360 Institute in the Women’s Penitentiary II in Tremembé, in the countryside of the state of São Paulo (Brazil). The inmates, who are members of the co-op, received their diplomas from the Social Fund for completing their technical certification in sewing and embroidery. Doria was the one to present the graduates their diplomas.
H360’s president, Patrícia Villela Marino, and the executive president of the Social Fund, Filipe Sabará, also participated in the graduation ceremony. One hundred and thirty-five inmates took the program, including 30 members of the co-op Lili, the name chosen by them – Lili symbolizes their desire for freedom.
The class took place during the month of March. After the graduation ceremony, Bia Doria visited the co-op space and learned about the products that have been sold under the brand Tereza. The Social Fund team took the courses to the penitentiary as a way to leverage H360’s project “Entrepreneurship Behind and Beyond Bars,” and to deepen the partnership between both organizations.