In case your Quechua is not good, Pushaq Warmi means “Guiding Women” and these women of Chimbote certainly guided us to a good time! We enjoyed the lovely home of Maribel and her family. This women’s association has been encouraging and empowering women for over seven years ever since they began with education in the face of domestic violence. Not only have they helped women’s small business projects, they use radio and television to educate others. Women’s Global Connection and Pushaq Warmi are good partners uniting in mission. One of their members noted, “When you help a woman, you are helping a whole family.” Not only are these women competent professionals, wives, and mothers, they are also dancers and poets.We were entertained with Peruvian folk music and an original performance poem, compassionate writing about a sick child.All enjoyed a lovely dinner with toasts and laughter.Then things got wild and wonderful as more entered the dance!
We wouldn’t leave without getting some of their beautiful handicrafts. Loan a woman a little money for some cloth and thread and amazing things can be created.