Up-cycling workshop in Punta Gorda

Ten women from Punta Gorda Town joined a workshop from 8-11th July to learn the art of converting waste materials into quality products and at the end of the week, these women sold their creations and made an income to help supplement their livelihoods.

The women were taught how to make purses and earrings from inner tubes of vehicles and X-ray film.  They also created bags and pencil cases from other recycled materials. One key point learnt by all was that many household materials that are usually discarded can be used to make quality crafts.  The workshop hopes to become an example to Punta Gorda Town by promoting up-cycling instead of throwing away waste.

The workshop was held at the Faustino Zuniga Building in Punta Gorda Town and the facilitator was volunteer Ms. Koutsoumpou Panagoula, who is originally from Greece, but has been sharing and running up-cycling projects in Central America.  The training was coordinated by the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) and funded by Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI).

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TIDE is currently holding another two week embroidery workshop for the youths of Punta Gorda from 14 – 25th July at the Faustino Zuniga building next to the town council. If any youths are interested they can register with Ms. Mirtha Mendez.

TIDE wants to bring people together in Punta Gorda to learn creative skills that can then help them to increase their income.

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The workshop hopes to become an example to Punta Gorda Town by promoting up-cycling instead of throwing away waste.

 

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Date: July 16, 2014 Author: clarebaranowski
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