Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama

by Fundacion Calicanto
Jun 23, 2014

Marlene, insights from a strong-willed CAPTA woman

What is your name?

My name is Marlene 


How old are you?

I am 19 years old


Are you single or married?



Do you have children?

Yes, I have a 2-year-old daughter


Have you finished high school?

I’m studying right now. Trying to finish.


What did you do before the program?

Before the program, I was working in a company that manufactures and selects buttons for clothing.


When you heard about CAPTA, what did you like about it?

A neighbor and friend of mine told me about a program that would teach me how to find a job and how to change my life in a positive way.  Hearing this was very exciting for me and I told my relatives that I wanted to join the program, not just because it would help me find a job but also because I wanted to learn! I wanted the opportunity to keep learning and make my dreams come true.


Why do you think you need this program?

To improve as a person and change my life, I want to be better and have more stability.  I feel like this program will help me.


What did you feel when you were accepted into the program?

I felt happy and I got really emotional, I even started crying because I was full of joy.


What would you like to change about your life?

I would like to change the way I am and be able to communicate more with my family and to hold a fluent conversation and not end up arguing with them. I would like to understand them without fighting.


What are your goals after you finish the program?

My personal goals are to find a job, finish building my home and finish my nursing degree, that’s the dream I’m following.


What change would you like to see in the world?

Respect, value and no discrimination for women. That would a good change.


What have you learned recently that you would have liked to know when you were a young girl?

I wish I had a mentor who constantly encouraged and supported me to keep studying and working to get my college degree to find a worthy job.


Anything funny about your personality?

When I first meet someone I’m usually very serious but once I start to trust I’m all laughs.


What does luxury mean to you?

Luxury to me is having a full make up kit.


What would you tell a woman who could help you by buying something luxurious?

I would thank her because with her donation she is helping women who don’t have the resources to continue studying.


Would you like to receive some advice from these women? What would you ask?

Yes, I would like to ask her what she did in her life to get to where she is.  How did she overcome all the obstacles to reach her goals without giving up ?


What advice could you give to a younger woman?

To continue studying and finish their college careers. Don’t give up despite the obstacles in the way, because with effort we can go further.


How did this program change your life? Has there been a change in your life after the program?

The program helped me understand that anything in life is easy as long as we fight for what we want. I learned to have a good attitude, to be positive in everything I do and to believe in myself.  I feel more confident and now I know how to act when I am in a difficult situation. I learned to say things at the right time without offending or hurting others and I dialogue more with my family.

Marlene and her beautiful daughter
Marlene and her beautiful daughter



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Fundacion Calicanto

Location: Panama City, Panama - Panama
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Hildegard Vasquez
Panama, Panama

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