Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1999
This description of Tetê (Maria Teresa) Leal's work was prepared when Tetê (Maria Teresa) Leal was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
Maria Teresa Romeiro Leal, who works with seamstresses in a Brazilian slum, reveals two realities about business and poverty: first, workshops owned by poor women can compete in the world of haute couture; and second, making quality goods is the best way for poor women to find business partners, open markets, and earn a living.
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