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The Barceló Foundation and the Concordia Solidaria Foundation award scholarships for job training to 100 women from Fantino, to improve their quality of life and their families.
Located in the center of the country and belonging to Sanchez Ramirez province, in Fantino lives more than 22.000 inhabitants of which men work in agriculture and women take care of the house and children.
Due to the great gender inequality that exists and the country’s eminently patriarchal culture, the female collective suffers a great marginalization. Aware of this, the Concordia Solidaria Foundation believed it was necessary to strengthen these groups of women in the area and of the nearby because they are the heads of the family.
For this reason, in collaboration with the Barceló Foundation, they have financed a scholarship project to provide all these women (between 16 and 70 years old) who are farmers, housewives or young secondary school students with a trade that will enable them to become empowered and thus promote gender equality.
All of them have received four vocational training workshops in cooking, baking, handicrafts and hairdressing, equivalent to 100 school hours, which have been given at the Fantino Parrish Center. They have also assisted to sessions of talks focused on the leadership and organizational capacity of the family economy. The teaching staff has been hired according to the standards of the Institute of Technical and Vocational Training (INFOTEP), so that the beneficiaries at the end of the training cycle will obtain the official certification that accredits them to exercise the learned labor trade.
Since 2013, the Concordia Solidaria Foundation has been providing social assistance to disadvantaged or marginalized people in rural and suburban areas of the Dominican Republic, especially women, to promote their rights, leadership, social organization and community participation.