The Institute for Overcoming Urban Poverty (Instituto para la Superación de la Miseria Urbana – ISMU) provides financial management training, funding for income-generating projects, and leadership development to women in Guatemala City. It is through these activities that single-mothers are able to become independent earners and provide for their families.
With your help, ISMU has recently developed a new livelihoods program that trains women in making handicrafts (such as lamps, toys, purses, etc) out of recycled waste and in marketing these goods to the public.
Many women report they have already benefited from the organization's financial literacy workshops. They have been able to build more confidence in their roles as both the head of the family budget and as leaders in the community.
As ISMU continues to make great strides towards improving the financial and social status of single mothers the organization recognizes that there are still great obstacles to overcome. No matter how successful women's position as community leaders outside the home, inside their own households they still have to work hard to convince fathers and sometimes even their sons to truly appreciate the value of their work.With your generous support ISMU is able to continue their work in ensuring financial security and increased status of single mothers in Guatemala City.
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