Warmi was founded in November 1982 as a center for women of Villa Barrientos to gather and help one another in weaving and sewing so they could make some money to support their hungry children. Warmi has developed into a community factory which makes three types of soap: the Bar Soap to wash cloths, the Medical Soap, and the Laminated Soap.

The Warmi community of low income women, many of whom are illiterate, are encouraged to participate in the reading and learning center while undergoing job training.

The work at the center required the housewives to form a day-care program for their children. This day-care center proved so successful that many other children of the neighborhood are now enrolled in it. At the day-care facility children receive food, help with their homework, and medical assistance.

Warmi participated in a beautification project for the neighborhood by planting trees, and also completed a drinking water project. Currently, they are creating “El Rincón de la Mujer,” a center where women can ask for help, relax or talk to one another. More information is available on the official Warmi website http://www.warmi.org.

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