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Cabildo

CABILDO is an industrial company with six plants and a total workforce of 50 people. CABILDO was created in 2005 on the initiative of the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana, whose general mission since 1938 has been to safeguard the historical and cultural heritage of the city by directly involving its most vulnerable inhabitants.
Its clothing and textile accessories workshop is located in the heart of Old Havana and employs 10 people, 80% of whom are women seamstresses.

CABILDO

CABILDO is an industrial company with six plants and a total workforce of 50 people. CABILDO was created in 2005 on the initiative of the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana, whose general mission since 1938 has been to safeguard the historical and cultural heritage of the city by directly involving its most vulnerable inhabitants.
Its clothing and textile accessories workshop is located in the heart of Old Havana and employs 10 people, 80% of whom are women seamstresses.

Description

The first step will be to immediately renew CABILDO's machinery and equipment in order to raise the level of production and improve its quality. In concrete terms, this means acquiring two five-thread sewing machines, three two-needle flatbed sewing machines, four fabric cutting machines and a Japanese cutting sharpener. In the short term, these investments will enable the production process to be optimised, the product range to be extended to new market segments and the level of finishing to be improved.
The training programme will start at the same time but will be implemented gradually over a period of two years. During the first half of year 1, the eight seamstresses, the plotter/cutter and the mechanic will be trained by our two professional Swiss seamstresses in the use of the new equipment and in the acquisition of new know-how including maintenance.

CABILDO's management team also wants to recruit and train eight additional seamstresses during the year.
The aim is to double the production level and carry out more complex work. Year 2 will be devoted to consolidating the activity of the 16 existing seamstresses while further raising their skill levels and passing on this know-how to eight new seamstresses per year who will then join a labour exchange. Our sewing experts will continue to pass on their experience and will welcome two Cuban seamstresses to their workshops in Switzerland. GANYDAR will be responsible for securing the supply of raw materials to the garment workshop in one or two dedicated shipments, depending on the needs of Atelier CABILDO and the available logistical niches. The aim is to enable CABILDO to build up a strategic stock of fabrics, yarns and spare parts, a guarantee of its independence and its future development. It should be noted that CABILDO already has recurrent markets and captive customers. These include employees of 60 National Museums, Health Centres, Paediatric Clinics, Care Centres for the Elderly, Retirement Homes, as well as hotel, restaurant and public space cleaning staff in the City of Havana. CABILDO also has the long-term ambition to offer a range of high quality clothing and accessories for tourists. This may be the subject of a new project supported by GANYDAR and its partners ... to be continued!

Why this project?

In material terms, Cuba lacks everything! Atelier CABILDO's supplies of sewing machines, spare parts, fabrics, threads, paper for patterns and wood for worktops are very limited or non-existent. On the other hand, our Cuban interlocutors show an unfailing resilience and a remarkable capacity for cooperation and initiative.
GANYDAR wishes to encourage this state of mind.

Objectives

The general objective of the CABILDO Project is to perpetuate the 10 existing jobs, to create 16 new jobs for seamstresses in order to ultimately improve the quality of life and financial independence of these women initially without qualifications.

To achieve this, GANYDAR will concentrate its actions on three axes:

 

  1. Modernize and develop the machinery and equipment in order to raise the level and quality of CABILDO's production.
  2. Set up an appropriate training programme to enable the entire team to acquire new know-how.
  3. To secure raw material supplies for the garment factory on a long-term basis.
 Ganydar Foundation Cabildo Project Havana Cuba
Ganydar Foundation Cabildo Project Havana Cuba

Location

                Cuba (Havana)

Start of the project

2020

Duration

2 years (2020-2022)

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