Weaving the Inclusion

A cooperative of dressmakers from Tucuruí inaugurates its production unit

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 14:37
New production unit of Coopcat New production unit of Coopcat

The Cooperative of Fashion and Art Dressmakers of Tucuruí (Coopcat) inaugurated its first production unit on April 10. The building was constructed through Weaving the Inclusion project - a partnership between Camargo Corrêa Institute, the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES), Construtora Camargo Corrêa, Sebrae PA, the Municipal Government of Tucuruí, and Extensão Amazônica NGO.

The trajectory of Coopcat, which is formed by 23 industrial dressmakers, began in 2009 when the group went through training, bought equipment, and formalized the cooperative. In 2011, the city government donated the land, and so the cooperative started the project of building the unit and supplementing equipment. The new unit is already equipped and ready to operate. Altogether, R$ 337 thousand were invested in its construction, which favored natural lighting and ventilation, reducing electricity and maintenance costs. The unit is in the neighborhood of Nova Matinha and is also accessible for people with special needs.

Currently the cooperative has 12 clients, including the city government that bought the uniforms for professionals from two public health centers. In 2012, Coopcat's gross sales were R$ 35,000 with the production of knit shirts, uniforms, bags, and children's underwear.

The town of Tucuruí (PA) hosts the largest 100% Brazilian hydroelectric plant, and fourth largest in the world. Construtora Camargo Corrêa, who participated in the construction of the Tucuruí Hydroelectric Plant, delivered in late 2010 another important project for the region: the locks that ensure navigation over Rio Tocantins. The work allows the navigation from Belém to Marabá. It was during the construction of locks that the Camargo Corrêa Institute approached the dressmakers.

"The Institute serves regions where the companies of Camargo Corrêa Group operate. Generally, a social project's maturation time is longer than a construction site's. And that's why the projects implemented by the Institute, especially about entrepreneurship and income generation, are usually monitored for a longer time", explains Jair Resende, superintendent of Camargo Corrêa Institute.