Economic Independence for Women in Central America

 
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Jun 24, 2011

Update: Economic Independence for Women

Your overwhelming support of this project is amazing!  Thank you all for your partnership, which truly benefits women and their families living in rural poverty in Central America. These women not only launch small businesses to earn additional income for their families, but also gain an incredible amount of hope and confidence knowing that others have invested in their success. 

Thanks to generous supporters like you, a remarkable $45,933 has been contributed toward this project.  It’s a powerful number.  But even more powerful is what that that money translates into – 383 women have been able to start small businesses thanks to the funds you’ve provided!  And by partnering with these women, you've invested not only in their own capabilities, but also ensured a brighter future for their families and larger communities. 

Attached, please find the story of Maria Griselda.  Maria lives in Cajixay, in the remote western highlands of Guatemala.  This region has some of the highest poverty rates in the world, and at one point her family lost everything as a result of widespread guerrilla violence in the region. But today Maria is one of the leaders of her Community Bank, and with her loan she has been able to open a general store and participate in a pea growing contract.  

Read Maria’s story, and please share with us any feedback you might have about this update.

As always, we are so grateful for your continued support of Agros’ Economic Independence for Women in Central America project on GlobalGiving.  As the project draws to a close, we are so grateful for the hundreds of women whose lives have been changed as a result of your generosity.

Mil Gracias,

Cathy


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Mar 17, 2011

Update: Economic Independence for Women

On behalf of the women of Central America who benefit from your support, thank you!  Your partnership makes a tremendous difference in the lives of women as they work to launch small businesses to earn additional income for their families. 

Thanks to generous supporters like you, a remarkable $44,202 has been contributed toward this project.  Of course, it's really what that money translates to that matters - upwards of 368 women have been able to start small businesses thanks to the funds you’ve provided!  And by investing in women, you've invested not only in their own capabilities, but also their families and larger communities. 

Attached, please find the story of Doña Arminda and ten other women in her community of Nueva Primavera, Guatemala. With her loan she was able to open a general store to provide supplies for her community and other surrounding ones.  She and the other women have also participated in workshops and trainings that maximize their ability to create profitable projects like candle-making. 

Please share with us any feedback you might have about this update. If you'd like any additional information or have suggestions for future updates, also feel free to contact us.

As always, we are so grateful for your continued support of Agros’ Economic Independence for Women in Central America project on GlobalGiving.

Enjoy!

Cathy


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Dec 8, 2010

Update: Economic Independence for Women in Central

We are so grateful for your continued support of Agros’ Economic Independence for Women in Central America project on GlobalGiving.  And so are the women whom you're helping!

As of today, generous supporters like you have given a remarkable $34,274 toward this project! That total has enabled upwards of 286 women to start small businesses thanks to the funds you’ve provided! These loans not only benefit the women, but also their extended families and the communities at large throughout Central America and Mexico. 

Attached, please find the story of one woman's journey with Agros in creating a Community Bank in Honduras.  Danubia and eleven other women in her community of Brisas del Volcan recently started a Community Bank and are already on track with their first loan payments. These women are even pooling funds so that they’ll eventually be able to loan money to others in their community.  Danubia explains how the experience has really transformed these women, their families, and their community.    

Please share with us any feedback you might have about this update. If you'd like any additional information or have suggestions for future updates, also feel free to contact us.

Enjoy, and mil gracias!

Cathy


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Aug 9, 2010

Update: Economic Independence for Women in Central America

Thank you so much for your continued support of Agros’ Economic Independence for Women in Central America project on GlobalGiving.

To date, generous donors like you have given a remarkable $29,246 in support of this project! That total provides upwards of 243 women with the microloans they have been waiting for to start their small businesses! That loan not only benefits the woman, but her extended family and the community at large!

We’re pleased to share with you in the attached document another inspiring story outlining how your support really makes a difference. Through the eyes of Elena, one of the first women to participate in her community's first Women's Community Bank (WCB) in the village of La Providencia, you'll see how one such loan has made an impact on her life, that of her family, and the other women in the bank.

Please share with us any feedback you might have about this update. Let us know if these reports are proving valuable, or if there are other types of information you’d like to receive from us as relates to this project.

Enjoy, and again...mil gracias!

Shannon


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May 5, 2010

Project Update: Economic Independence for Women in Central America

Thank you so much for your continued support of Agros’ Economic Independence for Women in Central America project on GlobalGiving.

To date, generous donors like you have given a remarkable $26,413 in support of this project! That total provides upwards of 220 women with the microloans they have been waiting for to start their small businesses!

We’re pleased to share with you in the attached document another inspiring story outlining how your support really makes a difference. Through the eyes of Maria, a young woman who joined the Women's Community Bank (WCB) in the village of Villa Linda, you'll see how she is benefiting today from one such loan, and the impact it’s had on her life and that of her family.

In addition, we are attaching again for your reference a 2nd document outlining the goals and objectives of the WCB project and specifics detailing exactly how it works within Agros villages.

We welcome any and all feedback you might have about this update. Please let us know if these reports are proving valuable, or if there are other types of information you’d like to receive from us as relates to this project.

Enjoy, and again...mil gracias! Shannon

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Organization

Agros International

Seattle, Washington, United States
http://www.agros.org

Project Leader

Cathy Reilly

Direct Marketing Manager
Seattle, WA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Economic Independence for Women in Central America