Through education, specialized skills, and leadership development, MuJER enables women sex workers in Guatemala to find economic and emotional stability, have a voice in society, and better their own lives and the lives of their children. MuJER offers two programs, jewelry-making and embroidery, that enable women to start small businesses, provides them with increasing confidence in their talents, and offers them supplemental income and safer employment.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
MuJER currently works with women in Guatemala City's red light district that lack the education and/or economic resources that would allow them to escape a life of exploitation. Through educational classes, vocational training, specialized workshops, and leadership development, MuJER works to empower over 500 women so they can find economic and emotional stability, have a voice in society, and better their own lives and the lives of their children.
How will this project solve this problem?
MuJER offers vocational programs to allow women to develop the skills that will enable them to seek safer and more lucrative employment. Our classes are developed in accord with the requests and interests of our community and are free. MuJER's jewelry-making and embroidery classes enable women to start small businesses, provides them with increasing confidence in their talents, and offers them supplemental income.
Potential Long Term Impact
The personal attention each woman receives in these programs is essential to their success. It not only allows the women to leave the program with a new craft, but also with the self-confidence to take full advantages of the other programs MuJER offers. Classes are held on a weekly basis and are completely free of charge for the women. Graduates of MuJER's programs have the opportunity to be trained as educators so they can give back to their community.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,140
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $3,860
Total Funding Goal: $5,000