Marcia Mazria

From Peace Corps Wiki
Revision as of 19:46, 16 September 2011 by 71.106.83.133 (Talk)

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search



{{#if:Marcia|Firstname::Marcia|}} {{#if:Haas|Middlename::Haas|}} {{#if:Mazria|Lastname::Mazria|}}{{#if:Peru||}}

{{#if:|
{{{flickr}}}|}}{{#if:|
[[Image:{{{image}}}|250px]]|}}

Country Served in::Peru
Years:|}} Started service in::1964|}}{{#if:1966|-|}}{{#if:1966|Ended service in::1966|}}
Group Code|}} ,|x|Group code was::x}}
Site(s)|}} ,|x|Name of community was::x}}{{#arraymap:|,|x|, Name of community was::x}}{{#arraymap:|,|x|, Name of community was::x}}
Region(s)|}} ,|x|Name of region was::x}}{{#arraymap:|,|x|, Name of region was::x}}{{#arraymap:|,|x|,Name of region was::x}}
Program(s)|}} Served in sector::Other|}}{{#if:Business|,Served in sector::Business|}}{{#if:|,[[Served in sector::{{{program3}}}]]|}}
Assignment(s)|}} Primary assignment was::Small Business Development|}}{{#if:Other|,Primary assignment was::Other|}}{{#if:|,[[Primary assignment was::{{{assignment03}}}]]|}}
From US state|}} ,|x|Is from state::x}}
From US town/city|}} ,|x|Is from town or city::x}}
{{#if:1964|Volunteer name was::Marcia Mazria|}} {{#if:1964|started in Peru 1964|}}
{{#if:1964|{{#ask:Served in::PeruStarted service in::1964|format=list|limit=15}}|}}
{{#if:Arequipa Province|Region: Arequipa Province|}}
{{#if:Arequipa Province|{{#ask:Served in::PeruName of region was::Arequipa Province|format=list|limit=15}}|}}
{{#if:|Region: [[{{{region2}}}]]|}}
{{#if:|{{#ask:Served in::Peru[[Name of region was::{{{region2}}}]]|format=list|limit=15}}|}}
{{#if:Other|Other in Peru: |}}{{#ifexist:Other|25px|}}
{{#if:Other|{{#ask:Served in sector::OtherServed in::Peru|format=list|limit=10}}|}}
{{#if:Business|Business in Peru: |}}{{#ifexist:Business|25px|}}
{{#if:Business|{{#ask:Served in sector::BusinessServed in::Peru|format=list|limit=10}}|}}
Other Volunteers who served in Peru{{#if:Peru|:|}}
{{#ask:Served in::Peru|format=list|limit=15}}
Projects in Peru{{#if:Peru|:|}}
{{#ask:Project in::Peru|format=list}}
Don't see yourself, Add yourself or a friend!

Enter your first and last name{{#forminput:Volunteer}}

{{#if:|Mapped Volunteers around Peru (8).|}}

{{#if:|You located yourself at based on your site: Arequipa {{#if:{{#geocode:Arequipa,Peru}}|[[Location Coordinates::{{#geocode:Arequipa,Peru}}]]}} }}

{{#if:|{{#compound_query:Location Coordinates::+;?Location Coordinates;icon=Vol.PNG‎|format=openlayers height=400}}|}}

{{#if:1964||}} {{#if:1964||}} {{#if:1964||}} {{#if:Arequipa||}} {{#if:|[[category:]]|}} {{#if:|[[category:]]|}} {{#if:|[[category:]]|}} {{#if:Arequipa Province||}} {{#if:|[[category:]]|}} {{#if:||}} {{#if:||}} {{#if:|[[category:]]|}} {{#if:Other||}} {{#if:Business||}} {{#if:Other||}} {{#if:Business||}} {{#if:Small Business Development||}} {{#if:Other||}} {{#if:|[[category:Peru_{{{assignment03}}}]]|}} {{#if:|[[category:Peru_{{{assignment04}}}]]|}} {{#if:Small Business Development||}} {{#if:Other||}} {{#if:|[[category:{{{assignment03}}}]]|}} {{#if:|[[category:{{{assignment04}}}]]|}}

My assignment was a response to a request from the Office of Artisan Industry (in the Small Business Division of the Development and Rehabilitation Agency) in the city and province of Arequipa, Peru.

Having completed just the first two years of a BA in Fashion Design at Pratt Institute in New York, and enchanted by the diversity of skills of the majority of Peruvian women living in poverty - spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, embroidery, sewing and leather work - I developed several cooperative groups that utilized those skills to create an income for their families.

This included hand-spun and woven alpaca and wool, traditional blankets and ponchos form the Andes, crocheted and hand-assembled feather flowers from the Amazon region.

I created and designed leather products and clothing that would appeal to the fashionable population who could afford it, while providing a livelihood to those that needed it most but didn't have the design or marketing skills necessary for success.

I worked with the limited seed money of the local government-supported artisan development agencies in Puno, Cuzco and Lima, and the products being developed of Peace Corps volunteers in Ayacucho, Puno and Juliaca to incorporate in the 60+garment designs I created for a series of promotional fashion shows. With the building momentum, I gathered support from Peruvian manufacturers of yarns, textiles, shoes, small leather goods and jewelry.

My two years culminated in national media coverage that focused on the products created by the co-ops and in a fashion show that engaged the top Peruvian designers using those same products and sponsored by the sister of the country's President. More importantly, the demand for those products has continued to increase in the following decades - generating income for those women.

I learned much about myself, gained confidence in my abilities and a greater understanding of the politics and social organization of my own country - invaluable.