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Casa Mantay

Opening its doors in 2000, Casa Mantay is a safe house that provides shelter, food and education for young mothers between the ages of 12 and 18.

Coming from troubled backgrounds, many of these vulnerable girls have been victims of sexual abuse, neglect and violence. Casa Mantay aims to empower them, offering them the support they need to live as strong, independent members of society, capable of taking care of themselves and their children.

An essential part of this work takes place in the Taller Mantay, the organisation’s workshop, which provides the girls with training for four hours a day and generates jobs for women who have already left the Casa. Authentic Peruvian leather accessories are made and then sold in Palacio del Inka in Cusco. Casa Mantay also built an innovative Social Enterprise project, ‘Arte Floral’, which teaches the girls how to create a range of decorative flower arrangements. These arrangements are often sold at weddings & luxury 5 star hotels.

‘Experiencia Mantay’, is the latest, unique social enterprise, which is aimed at tourists to educate them about Casa Mantay. It begins with a guided tour and background explanation of the organisation. Afterwards, a presentation on the Taller Mantay is given, and then the tourists have the opportunity to create their own, completely personalised and individual, keyring.

The main objectives of these social enterprises are to facilitate the training and eventual economic independence of the mothers in the company of their children. Additionally, the profits generated from these sales go towards buying supplies, paying the salaries of the workshop employees and contribute towards the running costs of Casa Mantay.

By providing a helping hand, free from judgement or discrimination, Casa Mantay is helping lift the women of Peru out of poverty and allowing them to become upstanding and valuable citizens.