Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1994
This description of Dilma Felizardo Ferreira's work was prepared when Dilma Felizardo Ferreira was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1994.
Having worked with street children for more than a decade, Dilma Felizardo is now engaged in an innovative venture that is helping the economically destitute mothers of street girls and young prostitutes acquire new skills, earn stable incomes, and bring their daughters back into their households. The central focus of the initiative is a "factory school," in which the mothers learn hammock-making skills and receive other support that enables them to set up small hammock-making operations in their homes.
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