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A thread for the Roma women of Milan

Taivè is a word in Romany language which means thread. And it is thanks to that thread that eight Roma women are succeeding in picking themselves up in the slums of Milan, gaining self-confidence and autonomy. The Taivè project is the female branch of tailoring and ironing of the wider social cooperative Ies (the enterprise for social ethics), and it was born thanks to the collaboration with Caritas Ambrosiana and the relation that the organization, working in the camps of Roma citizens, has established with many Roma women and their families. To date, there are eight who cut, sew and iron with part-time hours in the workroom. Since 2008, when the project got underway, 19 women, aged between 20 and 50 years old, from Romania, Macedonia and Kosovo, have sat at the Taivè sewing machines. Of these, two have found themselves work independently having finished the training period and six others, after having been for a time with Taivè, have moved on to other temporary occupations.




St. Peter’s Square

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