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Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities

by Fundacion Hearts of Gold Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities
Cuenca Expats visit Kallpa Warmi
Cuenca Expats visit Kallpa Warmi

Another month later, and you are still helping us empower women in Ecuador. We are so grateful!

We would like to take a moment to share updates from the field, but first we would like to share an inspiring article that very well demonstrates what the realities in Ecuador. These realities are the inspiration for the Mírame project. This past month ELLE Magazine published an eye-opening piece that demonstrates the challenges women face in rural Ecuadorian communities. 16.9% of teenage girls in Ecuador are pregnant. This rate is alarming, and the highest in South America. We believe that by empowering and educating women, we can target these issues and support the female population in the long-term. 

Currently, our efforts are focused on a research and evaluation project with Kallpa Warmi! We are honored to have another student research group from WPI University. The 4 students are working with Kallpa Warmi's community-based micro-finance program, "Cosechando Sueños!" This program gives microloans to local women who are members of the initiative. It is designed to empower women economically so that they may escape domestic abuse and/or gain economic independence. The students' research is evaluating the pilot year of the program and addressing critical questions such as: what investment did you make? What was your return on investment? Do you feel a personal or emotional growth by participating in the program? What are your dreams for the future? We look forward to delivering the results of this project! 

Our goals for the future? We have many! 

Looking back on the pilot year of Mírame so far, we want to see it grow! We have been fortunate to provide empowerment workshops in the themes of holistic health, nutrition, motivation, yoga and meditation, and stress management... but there is so much more to do! We look forward to developing a formal curriculum for Mírame and expand its impact by inviting more participants from Cuenca's rural and urban communities. Our relationship with the rural women's cooperative Kallpa Warmi is one to be proud of, but we want to meet and collaborate with more women's groups! 

If you'd like to learn more about the program efforts or get involved, please send us a message! We work with volunteers remotely and on the ground. You can help us make a difference in the lives of these spectacular women! 

Students from WPI University start their research
Students from WPI University start their research
These strong rural women inspire us!
These strong rural women inspire us!

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Women advancing their culinary skills!
Women advancing their culinary skills!

Everyday we are trying to contribute to the betterment of women and their livelihoods in Ecuador through the Mírame initiative! To us, that means working through an empowerment model where women have an opportunity to receive education and make decisions in their own lives!

Here are some of our most recent activities:

  • Hearts of Gold is proud to announce that we launched our first Women’s Empowerment Conference “Contra Reloj!” 100 women from the Cuenca community gathered for a night of inspiration with three keynote speakers presenting on nutrition, self-care, and motivation! Thank YOU for making fabulous gatherings like this possible!
  • We are honored to continue working with Kallpa Warmi, a women’s entrepreneurial and agricultural collective in the rural town of Sayausí!  Last month we led a group of 17 expats to spend a day in the country, learning about farming and culinary practices in support of Kallpa Warmi’s eco-tourism program. This month, we connected with the international CHANGE Magazine to feature the work of Kallpa Warmi and their endeavors as women to protect the agriculture and water of Ecuador. Check it out!
  • Now we embark on a new research project to evaluate Kallpa Warmi’s “Cosechando Suenos” project. The Cosechando Suenos project is a local micro-credit initiative where 40 women and 4 men are investing in the group’s savings and receive micro-loans for their agricultural or entrepreneurial production. The inspiration behind this initiative is to give women a chance to escape abusive environments, beat the odds of the local economy and cycle of poverty, and achieve economic independence!

The pilot year of the initiative went very well and 45 micro-loans were disbursed and paid in full. Alongside Hearts of Gold, 4 students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are undergoing a research project to assess the success of the program, which loans and activities had more return on investment, and how the group is impacting social and gender-based issues in the rural town. We can’t wait to report back on what they find!

To ensure their success moving forward, we invite Kallpa Warmi to attend all capacity building programs we offer, along with mentoring hours to push their goals forward!

This cycle Kallpa Warmi participated in networking events to meet other local leaders, the Contra Reloj Women’s Empowerment Conference, and our second annual Somos el Cambio (“We are the Changemakers”) Seminar in Marketing and Communications.

We look forward to expanding Mírame’s programs with women’s groups in Cuenca and beyond! Stay tuned as we continue to grow and together empower women in Ecuador!

The beautiful agricultural life in Sayausi
The beautiful agricultural life in Sayausi
Expats visiting Kallpa Warmi
Expats visiting Kallpa Warmi
Presenters at our first conference!
Presenters at our first conference!
A huge THANK YOU from the Hearts of Gold team!
A huge THANK YOU from the Hearts of Gold team!

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Kallpa Warmi joins as our newest partner
Kallpa Warmi joins as our newest partner

Mírame and Hearts of Gold are excited to announce the winners of our first scholarship position to KALLPA WARMI!

"Kallpa Warmi" means "strong woman" in Quechua, an indigenous language of the Andes. That is exactly what this group is! These strong, brave, hard working women from Sayausi (a small rural town outside Cuenca) fight every day to support their families. With this scholarship, Kallpa Warmi has access to workshops focused on strengthening their organization and entrepreneurial efforts, as well as dialogue circles focused on women's empowerment! Please join us in giving Kallpa Warmi a warm welcome!

Our relationship with Kallpa Warmi has quickly developed, and we are already engaged in several projects that are empowering these 90 women!

So far, women leaders of Kallpa Warmi have attended professional workshops in Strategic Planning (7 hours of instruction), Leadership and Communication (40 hours of instruction), and Fundraising for Nonprofits (7 hours of instruction).

Aside from these capacity building workshops, we also organized a private workshop with Kallpa Warmi where 15 women and 3 men learned about women's health, holistic practices, and wholesome self-care through natural remedies. Given this group's tie to mother nature, this workshop connected participants with the roots of their culture, and encouraged feminine personal care. The next workshop series we are planning is in entrepreneurial branding for artisans.

This month we also had a lovely site visit with 15 Hearts of Gold stakeholders to meet the women of Kallpa Warmi and learn more about their artisanal, agricultural, and entrepreneurial projects. It is very special for supporters and program participants to bond and develop respect for one another. If you'd like to read more about the donor experience,  we encourage you to watch a short video showcasing our special visit, or to read a reflective piece written by Hearts of Gold supporter Jeremiah Reardon!

Interested in keeping Mirame’s momentum high? Next week on Wed. July 18th, you can make a gift that has DOUBLE THE IMPACT! For 24 hours, your one-time contribution will be matched at 50%, and any new monthly donations will be match at 100%!  Stay tuned for your chance to grow this incredible program!

 

The women
The women's collective meets every Wednesday
Its official, welcome Kallpa Warmi!
Its official, welcome Kallpa Warmi!
Site visit to meet the women and their projects
Site visit to meet the women and their projects
Welcoming Kallpa Warmi into our nonprofit network
Welcoming Kallpa Warmi into our nonprofit network
Learning about women
Learning about women's health
Female leaders who are already benefiting!
Female leaders who are already benefiting!

We would like to express our deep gratitude to all for your generosity towards our Mírame project in the “Empower Ecuadorian Women to Elevate Communities” campaign! Thanks to you $12,531 was raised to fund women’s empowerment work in Ecuador!

While we did not win a spot in the 2018 Girls Fund, the success of this campaign will go on to fund a year-long series of workshops and dialogue circles focused on women’s empowerment, a scholarship position for 1 nonprofit serving women in the CAP program, and perform research on women’s issues and pressing challenges in Ecuador.

We are excited to report that programs are already underway! We have undergone a review process to select a candidate to receive a scholarship in our Community Assistance Program (CAP) designed for nonprofits! The winning organization is run by women and serves women, and we look forward to publicly announcing the winner next week (stay tuned on our Facebook page)!

The winning organization will receive 15+  hours per month of educational workshops, evaluations, and mentoring hours designed to develop their organizational capacities, making them a stronger, more impactful organization! On top of that, we will be working hand in hand with the group to develop specialized private workshops that are focused in personal development and women’s empowerment for the group’s unique demographic.

We’re also working on our year-long plan of workshops and dialogue circles to offer to ALL women in Cuenca! From self defense to self care, workshop themes will help women discover their true potential and live their life with more confidence and self-esteem! By collaborating with volunteer facilitators who can share their knowledge and experience with the community, we can ensure that women have access to special opportunities that weren’t in reach before.

Last but not least, we are learning more! Being informed is a huge step to ensure the success of a long-term program. We are preparing a research plan in order to learn more about the realities of women in Ecuador and the issues that need to be addressed in order for women to live, strive and succeed. Our contract with the Universidad de Cuenca will allow us to put a local research team to work and bring back thorough and high quality results!

 

Watch me live. Mírame vivir.

Watch me strive. Mírame luchar.

Watch me succeed. Mírame triunfar.

 

We are honored to be on this path, all thanks to a call from the women of Ecuador, and thanks to your support for making this journey a reality.

STAY TUNED for exciting information throughout the year as Mírame continues to grow and blossom!

 

Queremos expresar nuestro más sincero agradecimiento por tu generosidad con nuestro proyecto MÍRAME  en el cual buscamos fortalecer y empoderar a mujeres ecuatorianas y comunidades enteras. Gracias a tu valiosa contribución logramos recaudar $12.531.

Gracias a esta oportunidad logramos alcanzar  una posición muy buena en el concurso de Girls fund 2018,  no alcanzamos a la beca de los $24.000, pero consideramos que representamos de la mejor manera.

Sin embargo  el monto recaudado nos permitirá dar la bienvenida a una nueva organización de mujeres que se beneficiará de un año de nuestros programas de educación con  charlas y talleres enfocados en el empoderamiento de la mujer y fortalecimiento de su organización comunitaria tanto en programas de desarrollo de sostenibilidad y sustentabilidad.

Hemos  trabajando a través de un mapeo a distintas organizaciones en las que evaluamos y  seleccionamos a la organización que será beneficiada de esta beca, estamos listos para anunciar su nombre  la próxima semana, te pedimos que nos sigas en nuestra página de Facebook para que nos acompañes a darle la bienvenida a esta  gran organización.

La fundación beneficiada recibirá 15+ horas mensualmente de mentorias, charlas y talleres que fortalecerán a la organización en sus valiosos servicios que ofrecen a la comunidad. Además de estos servicios estas mujeres se beneficiaran de  charlas personalizadas enfocados en restaurar la fortaleza de la mujer su empoderamiento y su alcance a una vida plena.

Estamos próximos a dar apertura a todas las mujeres de  nuestra comunidad a todos los programas y charlas MIRAME, enfocados en el autoestima, autocuidado,  defensa personal, ética y valores entre otros. Los temas de los talleres van a permitir a las mujeres a  que aumenten su confianza y autoestima. A través de colaboración con facilitadores de la comunidad quienes realizarán un  compartir de saberes mediante sus conocimientos y experiencia con la comunidad; estamos seguros que más mujeres tienen acceso a oportunidades y recursos que no tenían antes.

Además, estamos en continuo aprendizaje trabajando cada dia mas! En conocer la realidad de las mujeres en la cual nos permite proyectarnos a largo plazo em planes enfocados en temáticas reales.  Estamos preparando un plan de investigación para aprender más sobre las realidades de mujeres en Ecuador y los temas que requieren atención prioritaria para que mujeres ecuatorianas “Vivir, Luchar, y Triunfar” !

Nuestro convenio con la Universidad de Cuenca nos permite organizar un equipo de estudiantes para investigar y traer resultados importantes!

 

Mírame vivir.

Mírame luchar.

Mírame triunfar.

 

Estamos honrados estar en este camino, gracias a la llamada de las mujeres de Ecuador, y gracias a TU apoyo por hacer  realidad este camino a través de tu generosidad y responsabilidad social.

¡MANTÉNGASE SINTONIZADO para obtener más información durante todo el año a medida que Mírame continúa creciendo y floreciendo!

 

Female artists perform poetry at our 1st event
Female artists perform poetry at our 1st event
Some of the women who inspired Mirame
Some of the women who inspired Mirame's start
 

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Fundacion Hearts of Gold

Location: Cuenca - Ecuador
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Project Leader:
Kelly Mitchell
Cuenca, Ecuador
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