Together Wi Foundation
Trinidad and Tobago has become one of the top host countries of Venezuelan migrants in the last few years. However, like many other locations with a lack of resources and infrastructure, Trinidad and Tobago is struggling to provide basic services to migrant communities. The COVID-19 pandemic intensified this situation with additional economic challenges, especially for Venezuelan migrant women who make up a large portion of informal workers. Lost income reduces their ability to meet basic needs.
With support from the Challenge, the Together WI Foundation is implementing “Spool,” a 360-degree, online and on-the-job training program for Venezuelan women to enter the specialized garment-production business in the Caribbean’s year-round, burgeoning fashion and Carnival industries.
Spool provides access to markets, garment production hubs and job placement to offer Venezuelan women dignified livelihood opportunities while also boosting the local economy.
Leveraging their experience with the pilot program “Cosido Con Amor,” a collaborative, hybrid model that combines technology and services, Spool offers an e-learning portal with pre-recorded and live-streamed classes for all skills and English-language levels. It provides gender-sensitive services to ensure women’s safety and well-being.
Spool is sustainable and scalable to other national and international locations, expanding production hubs and their full circle e-learning platform to new, paying learners.
Focus Areas and Impact
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth & Finance|
|Economic Growth & Finance|
|Gender Equality & Women's Economic Empowerment|
|Xenophobia, Gender-Based Violence & Violence Prevention|