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
These strong rural women inspire us!