Empowering 400 girls and young women in Venezuela

by SUPERATEC A.C.
Empowering 400 girls and young women in Venezuela
Participant Testimony
Participant Testimony

Venezuela is experiencing a Humanitarian Emergency, that is why a large percentage of the population has had to change their lifestyle: many have emigrated to other countries that offer better opportunities for subsistence, many young people have had to leave their studies to help maintain their households; women have been the most affected group since they must take care of their children and maintain their homes, but they do not have the knowledge or skills to create sustainable enterprises. That is why Superatec has created a program for this purpose.

In September 2019, the Entrepreneurship Program for Women began, and it was concluded in December 2020, which was well received by the communities, in which we were able to serve a total of 473 women in ages between 14 and 20 years, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions to close schools and observe quarantine, even so, 349 were certified in the Program, which represents a 74% completion.

Vulnerable communities located in the Capital District, Greater Caracas area, participated: The Catia center with a total of 145 participants, the Santa Cruz Center located in Baruta 13 participants (3%). in Guatire 17 which also represents 3% of the total, in the community of Pradera de la Vega 9 participants who make up 2% of participants, in Petare 2% also with 11 participants and in Antímano 27% with 173 participants. As can be seen both Catia and Antímano, there is a higher percentage of participation because these centers are the ones with the highest recurrence of the population interested in different courses and training.

Likewise, we can also observe, there is a greater interest in the participation of young people of 16 and 17 years old, since they are looking for better opportunities of new ways of economic income, this majority participation in these ages represents 34% of the total women of all the participants.

In this group, there are women with different levels of education, that is, primary school students, secondary school students, university students and women with incomplete primary or high school education participate, or who are still studying high school, the largest number of participating women are those who are still studying high school, which represents 46% of the total of all participation.

Among the jobs most in demand by the young women were hairdressing, bakery, making woven shoes, PC technical support, among others.

This last year has presented very great challenges because many of the courses had to be given at a distance, and in the midst of many difficulties for the teachers and students due to the serious deficiencies of public services that the country presents, however these challenges became very satisfactory realities.

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In the classroom
In the classroom
Entrepreneurship training
Entrepreneurship training
Laptop support training
Laptop support training

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The global COVID-19 pandemic took everyone by surprise. Planning done at Superatec in early 2020 was interrupted. What do we do now? That was our first reaction. We were doing all the training programs in a face-to-face way. The centers had to stay closed because of the quarantine. That is why we had to find creative ways to continue serving the girls... We knew that the vast majority did not have computers or internet in their homes, so we realized that they could not have online training, which is why we had to find new ways to reach them and not abandon their training.

We quickly created self-instructional guides that were given one by one in the communities where the beneficiaries live, so that they could carry out activities prepared especially for them. As a stimulus we offered food packages and hygiene kits donated by the Catholic Education Association AVEC and the Education Cannot Wait Foundation.

One of the participants, Leocenis, told us that she is very grateful to Superatec and the instructor, since durying the quarantine she was at home doing nothing, and with the learning, supported by her parents, she has decided to go ahead and resume her studies.

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The view of Caracas from La Pradera
The view of Caracas from La Pradera

La Pradera is a poor barrio located in one of the highest areas of La Vega, a large low-income neighborhood located in western Caracas. Life there is hard, water rarely comes through the pipes, to get there you have to take four-wheel drive transportation, and electricity also fails on many occasions. From there you can see Caracas in the distance, like a beautiful postcard. It is in this place where the Entrepreneurship Program was carried out, which assisted women victims of violence who, due to lack of opportunities, did not have a job to support themselves and their families. 70 young women participated in several courses that offered tools to develop skills that would allow them to start a business.

Superatec offered the participants training in life skills, digital inclusion, work and entrepreneurship, while the participants were learning the tasks, such as bakery, shoe weaving, hairdressing and barbering from our NGO partner Vicaria del Nazareno de la Pradera.

Isangeli, Romeli and Vivian are some of the girls who joyfully knead the bread, cakes and rolls that will become their livelihood through ventures they carry out in their own homes. Yessica, on the other hand, has planned to set up a unisex beauty salon, in her home with hairdressing and barber services, so that she can take care of her 3 small children at the same time.

On the certification day, a Eucharistic celebration was held. As a final activity, they organized a fair where the graduates showed the knowledge they had acquired and sold their products to the attendees at affordable prices.

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kneading the bread
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Studying
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Community of Petare, Venezuela
Community of Petare, Venezuela

Superatec in partnership with the ProPetare Foundation designed and implemented a Women's Empowerment and Community Leadership Program for 33 women in Petare, one of the largest neighborhoods in Latin America. These women prepare food in community kitchens where children in situations of social vulnerability and malnutrition are given lunch daily. 

These women are people with little education, but they want to improve themselves and create new enterprises to be able to sustain their homes. In the course of 3 months, they received various trainings in different areas such as: Life Project, Teamwork, Effective Communication, Conflict Management and Negotiation, Notions of Economy, Planning and Budget, Basic Computing (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

The experience was very successful and the participants presented 13 community projects at a fair, where they were evaluated by judges and the winners were financed to carry them out.
One of the projects led by Yorlet is the production of school uniforms for the children of the Campo Rico community. They are already starting the registration of the company and will soon begin their venture.

Womens Leadership
Womens Leadership
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Lunch time
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18 teenagers and young women attended the Superatec Baruta Center, located in the south of Caracas, where they had the opportunity to receive workshops on family planning, early pregnancy prevention, along with personal finances to offer them tools for personal development.
The NGO "Salud y Familia" which is our partner provides assistance in the area of gynecology and obstetrics, where pregnant women receive counseling and can perform various tests at very low cost.

In the Superatec Bocono Training Center, located in western Venezuela, 23 women were trained and certified in hairdressing and in entrepreneurship for offices. They were very satisfied with the results and excited to start a new business.

Thanks to the collaborations we receive from people like you, we can continue supporting these groups of women in vulnerable conditions to create their own businesses and obtain income for them and their families.

In their name, we give you our deepest thanks.



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SUPERATEC A.C.

Location: Caracas, Distrito Capital - Venezuela
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Project Leader:
Marianella Vegas
Project Manager
Caracas, Distrito Capital Venezuela

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