Sisters of Charity support Peruvian craftswomen
October 25, 2011
ST. LAWRENCE DEANERY — Deep in the altiplano (high plato) area of South America, a group of Peruvian women formed a cooperative called Artesenia Pachamama (Earth Mother) with the assistance of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
The crafters create hand-knitted alpaca wool and pima cotton sweaters of many designs. They live in Manazo, Puno, one of the poorest areas in Peru. The money they earn from the sale of their items enables the women to help support their families and carry on the work of the cooperative. Their children by their side, the women knit gloves, hates and purses, as well as sweaters.
This year volunteers will offer a variety of Peruvian handmade items on Oct. 28, noon-5 p.m., and Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Regina Hall at the Sisters of Charity motherhouse, 5900 Delhi Rd., Delhi Township. Goods will also be sold Oct. 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Hyde Park Senior Center, 2800 Erie Ave., Cincinnati. For more information, call 513-321-6421.