Domaira is a 25 year-old CAPTA graduate who only reached 3rd grade. Her family could not afford to send her to school and at the age of 12 she had already started working. Today, Domaira has 3 children and her only training has been with CAPTA; she works as a housekeeper and has expressed her wish to go to school. Helping her get through elementary would help improve her reading and writing abilities so that she can participate in trainings offered at the hotel and aspire to other positions.
Domaira is currently struggling at the hotel where she works because she can't attend the trainings offered due to her poor reading and writing abilities. Until she started her CAPTA training, her educational level had made it difficult for her to find formal employment. When she arrived to CAPTA, she was unemployed and seriously affected by a very violent past. The course helped improve her self-esteem and motivation; today she works hard to provide a better future for her children.
Helping her fund her education will open opportunities that right now are unavailable to her due to the level of poverty in her family.
With basic education, a solid base of life skills and high quality vocational training, women from Panama's slums escape a perpetual cycle of poverty and violence. As heads of family, permanent employment allows CAPTA graduates to not only provide for their families, but also become leaders in their community.