Tedora is a young and energetic woman. She and her husband are the community’s pioneers in money management. They participate in the savings program that has been set up together with the local bank. This means that the income Tedora can earn after the sewing class by selling homemade products, can be put into a savings account. Several families from the Asmat community are now following their lead and are also participating in the program.

This story is part of a series that introduces you to six Asmat women who take a sewing class in Merauke. The initiator is Edo Mote, who has set up various projects for the Asmat community in deprived areas with his foundation Papua Mandiri 2050. 

Tedora - sewing class | Hapin

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SEWING CLASS FOR ASMAT-MOTHERS

Edo Mote is no stranger to Hapin. In the past he received a scholarship and since then we have been supporting Edo with various projects for the Asmat community in Merauke.

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Mama Katarina - sewing class | Hapin

SEWING CLASS FOR ASMAT-MOTHERS: MEET MAMA KATARINA

Mama Katarina is the oldest woman in the sewing class. She is part of the first generation of Asmatters who moved to Merauke in the ‘80s, looking for work and a better future.
Mama Yosefa - sewing class | Hapin

SEWING CLASS FOR ASMAT-MOTHERS: MEET MAMA YOSEFA

Unfortunately, violence against women is a common problem in Papua. This has been the reason for mama Yosefa to leave the Asmaro neighborhood and live with her family further down the city.
Mama Kornelia - sewing class | Hapin

SEWING CLASS FOR ASMAT-MOTHERS: MEET MAMA KORNELIA

You will rarely see mama Kornelia (photo: left) without a smile on her face. This cheerful and intelligent woman brings a lot of energy in the sewing class group.
Maria - sewing class | Hapin

SEWING CLASS FOR ASMAT-MOTHERS: MEET MARIA

Maria, now 20 years old, married at a young age. For many young girls, self-protection is an important reason to get engaged early.
Ursula - sewing class | Hapin

SEWING CLASS FOR ASMAT-MOTHERS: MEET URSULA

Ursula is the youngest in the sewing class. She has just completed her SMP (similar to junior high school).
2021-09-09T14:54:13+02:0015 July 2021|News|

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