The result is that the Unzó Maiala terreiro has a long history of social projects and community support. The history of the terreiro merges, in a way, with the story of Mameto, who has occupied the leadership for 19 years. “This is a job that has always inhabited me,” she explains, speaking softly and patiently. Unzó Maiala, recognized and respected in the region, welcomes people from the most diverse religions in its projects.
“Usually, when I open the terreiro for a project, I ask for spiritual protection, no matter what religion. But there is a separation and we develop in a very different way, we do not mix things up. Wisdom is the true legacy of our lives. It is knowing how to listen and how to speak. Knowledge comes from experience. That way, we can respect people, which is very important, and we are respected in return”, whispers Mameto.
Project: Matriarchal Leaders: the power of the Yabás and the life generating force
People directly benefited by the project: 250 women and 6 men.
The Unzó Maiala Charitable and Cultural Association for the Preservation of Tradition has developed the project based on several activities, aimed primarily at women in the community, on self-care, reproductive health and the cycles of a woman's body, thus contributing to the exchange of knowledge and experiences among black women (cis and trans) from the outskirts of Salvador. The materials produced include T-shirts and printed materials such as the “Natural Gynecology & Autonomy Manual”.