Last Friday, five of our promotoras (community health workers) embarked on a new chapter with SVH/ Ayni Wasi – they became docentes. Through a leadership training and development process, they have been have been selected to teach and mentor our new class of promotoras. We are very proud of these students-turned-teachers. So that you get to know the new docentes, we’ve included a picture and short bio for each of them.
Teresa lives in Huilloc. She weaves for the cooperative there, takes care of her children, cooks for the men working her chakra (family farm plot) and works for Kunamas, the government-run daycare program. She is recognized as a leader and organizer in her community. Her reason for becoming a docente? In her own words, “It’s by teaching that you learn.”
Fani has two children, Rodrigo and Cusi. She weaves for various clients including Threads of Peru, a Lima-based NGO. She and her husband host tourists in their house and raise chicken and alpaca. In the words of her community coordinator, Mary, “Fani’s a rockstar!”
Beatriz lives in the isolated community of Kelccanka. Despite having only a first-grade education, she has worked diligently to become a successful promotora. When she entered our leadership training program in October, she had no thoughts of interviewing for a docente position, but by the end of the month, she was a top candidate. Beatriz is the mother of five children, works on her farm, and sells beautiful woven textiles.
Ana Cecilia also lives and works in Kelccanka. She’s the mother of two kids, Alex and Nancy. She became a promotora because she loves learning new things and enjoys sharing her knowledge with her community. In addition to being a promotora and now a docente, she also works at Kelccanka’s elementary school.
Bertha has been the promotora for the community of Soccma for the last 14 months. Through her work as a health promoter, she has earned the respect of her community. Apart from her work as a promotora, she is the mother of four children, including a two-month-old baby girl. She also works on her farm, tending crops and caring for her family’s sheep.
We look forward to sharing the docentes’ achievements as they select and train our new class of promotoras from outlying communities!