L’Ovile Cooperativa Di Solidarieta Sociale Honored for Mending Social Fabric with Sewing
11 December 2018

This week, Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) grantee L’Ovile Cooperativa Di Solidarieta Sociale was recognized by the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy with a Corporate Social Responsibility Award.

The event took place in the building that’s home to the Ovile sewing lab, which hosts the “Sewing to sew up” project. This project aims, through workshops and practical experience, to help women who have been victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation gain sewing skills that could provide an alternate path to income. Ovile partners with Project Rosemary to conduct outreach and offer participants language classes, professional development, and social support. The project is a part of the broader K-Lab initiative, for which Ovile is receiving the award in the category of social cooperatives.

SNF’s support for Olive’s two-year sewing-based project began in 2017. Ovile was established in 1993 to empower disadvantaged groups through social services, education, and access to employment opportunities.