This is the first place winner of the first round of Build Back Better Tohoku.
Women’s Group of Oshika Peninsula Fishing Union in Ayukawa-hama in Ishinomaki has been making and selling woven bracelets with strings that fishermen use to fix fishing nets since a few months after the earthquake devastated their village. They are saving a portion of the sale to invest in other community-based businesses to rebuild their economy, which was used to mostly rely on the fishing.
After the earthquake, they realized that they would need to diversify their economic structure in their village to build back their society, and become sustainable. Therefore they proposed to create a space for bracelet making and community gathering, and eventually they would like to expand to processing and selling seafood their husbands catch as well as serving prepared food to tourists.
By collaborating with the General Incorporate Association “Tumugiya”, a local organization helping the reconstruction effort in Tohoku, our funding will help these independent women to contribute rebuilding back their village better and stronger.