In 68% of the Colombian vulnerable communities homes, the income is barely enough to cover basic expenses, being women the most affected. As a result, there is an increase of undesirable pregnancies rates, women with low self-esteem causing higher levels of domestic violence towards them; and children are more vulnerable to start doing drugs. Unfortunately, these women do not have the education or the tools needed in order to stop this cycle and to change theirs and their children's future.
The Soy Social organization provides educational and professional training for women in vulnerable conditions, offering them access to education and formal jobs. The organization also works on helping them increase their self-esteem and their self-confidence, through which they will have the basic tools to eradicate poverty from their own homes. All of this is done through group workshops, individual sessions with psychologists, training in job skills to face the occupational environment.
By empowering women, the high school dropout percentage for them and their children decreases. This gives them better opportunities to access the work field, reduces teen unwanted pregnancy and domestic violence against women, increases their socio-economic status, makes them stronger so they can get out of this cycle and motivates them to become leaders in their own families and communities by replicating these programs for many other women in the society.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).