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There are a number of initiatives that are carried out across the north to empower women in society. One group however, has without a doubt left their mark here in the Orange Walk District, Mujeres Ayudando A Mujeres a Superarse, MAMAS has been operating for over ten years, offering a number of courses to women interested in learning a trade and making a financial difference in their lives.


This past Saturday a group of women who took part in the cake decorating, and cosmetology classes graduated with honors. According to coordinator of the MAMAS group, Ofelia Novelo, the aim of MAMAS group is not only to assist women in the community but empower women to become self-sustainable.


Screen_Shot_2016-12-20_at_6.40.17_PMOfelia Novelo- Coordinator MAMAS


“La importancia en cualquiera persona en aprender diferentes oficio es para que sea el benéfico para ellos y su familia; uno para tener un poco de dinero así van saliendo adelante ayudando a sus esposos y pagando su colegio de sus hijos todo haciendo sus productos que ellos hicieron este ano ese es la importancia de ello y el beneficio que ellos tienen para poder salir adelante en esta vida.”


But the group was not only celebrating the graduation of approximately thirteen women from the different courses on Saturday, they were also inaugurating a brand new classroom that was built to accommodate future courses.

 

Ofelia Novelo- Coordinator MAMAS


“Primero es la graduación del curso de Cosmetología y decoración de pastel y lo principal es que cortamos el ribbon para hacer la aula y gracias a mi esposo y a mis hijo que ellos pues me hicieron mi propia aula porque ayuda no consigues en ningún lado.”


Come 2017 the group will be offering several other courses to provide more options for women to better their lives.

 

Ofelia Novelo- Coordinator MAMAS


“El ano Nuevo que viene vamos a introducir tres cursos nuevos que es aparte del cake decorating, el sewing, por cierto perdimos a la maestra que nos esenciaba sewing pero ya tengo a otra maestra que nos va a ensenar, siempre introducimos hand craft pero a la gente no les gusta y son cosas bonitas que se hace porque se hacen cosas de casa y de cocina y diferente adornos y monos, cosas de pelo y esos manualidades pero nadie se interesa en ese curso, enseñamos también el pastry como te digo, vamos a introducir el barbering que es nuevo que vamos a empezar otra vuelta y el maestro nos va a ensenar el breeding y que es para diferentes estilos de pelo, extensions y no sé qué otras cosas y después vamos a introducir otra cosa nuevo que le dicen neck tie string art que es un tipo de amares y se van a usar estambres entre otros materiales y es puro amarado a mano.”


Registration for upcoming courses will take place on January 17th 2017 and women from across the Orange Walk district are encouraged to join.

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