At UPAVIM we believe that when women are economically empowered, families thrive and communities are safer. Through our income generating projects, the women of UPAVIM are able to not only support themselves and their families, but also to support their community.
UPAVIM began making simple crafts to give the women much needed employment and to help pay for the Growth Monitoring program in 1991, and later the Montessori daycare and school.
Since then, the craft program has developed into a successful export business that won a national prize in 2001 for non-traditional textile exporting. The profits from craft sales finance the entire Children’s center, which includes the daycare and the school.
Today, UPAVIM has three income generating projects: Artesenia (UPAVIM Crafts) Panaderia (Bakery & Store) and UPA-Soya (soy milk production).