After almost a year of facing flexible and not flexible weeks of obliged quarantine periods, some days have been dedicated to build a new way to deliver Entrepreneur Women Committee, the program we had applied through the years to guide our women in building the blocks for their own businesses based on the best practices and skills needed to succeed in any productive area they are prepared for.
This initiative has not been an easy task considering the lack of a strong internet connectivity and other infrastructure weaknesses present and not avoidable in our country that are out of our control. However, when crisis is on the table, imagination blows-up for solutions, thus our team have worked to find teaching alternatives that have frequently exceeded our own expectations. Women Entrepreneur or Women for development are programs devoted to help women succeed in every commercial and small business areas. Some cohorts were graduated through the years thanks to the support received by donors on this platform helping many women to succesfully continue with producing and selling their goods and services.
The last two cohorts were held at the end of November and te first week of December 2020. Now we have launched a new opportunity for learning through an on line forum which will be held on February 21, 22 and 23 through a What's app chat. We expect to reach a group of at least 25 women connected to these series.
Thanks to the support of donors along 2020 we were able to promote entrepreneurship within the most vulnerable women population while persisting in the purpose originally described in the project content finding alternative connection ways.
More than 7 months have gone away through the quarantine not yet released in our country. 7 months to reorganize our work, finding out solutions, preparing our staff to overcome the lack of IT education and experience, processing information, acquiring knowledge on new education platforms and learning from our organization worldwide contents.
These seven months have taught each of us that external circumstances must be taken as opportunities for learning and improvement, as opportunities for innovation in our processes. During these times we have maintained our contacts with the different constituencies we have a relationship with, our sponsors and donors, our beneficiaries, schools and communities, by phone, mail or online social media. Now that the government has ordered a flexible pattern that permits one week of circulation and one week of absolute stopover we have made contacts with "preparation for work schools" that serve low income young adults who have not completed or not even initiated their studies for them to be formed to be included in the working field.
As a consequence of these efforts at the end of this month we will be dictating our "Women for development" program to a team of 20 women attending one of these schools located in a suburban area nearby the city. This will permit us to honor the funds to be received in the near future from a kind donation deposited along the quarantine period.
Women for development is a comprehensive program that provide women beneficiaries with soft skills, communications, business strategy and cost efficiency, credit and sales' methodologies and speech (pitch) presentation for them to be able to initiate their own small business working together with their program colleagues on innovative products and services for their communities .
We thank our donors for making this next cohort possible.
We have had all our projects on hold until imposed quarantine permits to continue with our agenda. Conversations had been completed with the Municipality to attend at least a group of 20 women during this quarter. However neither our team nor the beneficiaries have ben able to reach the office not only for the imposed quarantine but also for lack of gas or transportation available for these 90 days period that has been extended by government without previous notice not following the schedule initially provided for a scaled return to the regular operation.
We expect to overcome this unexpected situation in the near future and be able to provide a good report which complies with our commitment with women to be prepared to face their livelihood challenges.
We must thank and express gratitude to the three donors who have made their generous donations along this terrible period. We would like them to be sure that these will be applied to provide the materials needed to suport the classes for our target group during the summer season.
As indicated in the last report,we were looking forward to impact a new group of ladies providing them the tools to initiate a productive entreprenurial initiative.
For years, our organization has been working with an elementary, middle and high school institution aimed to serve a deaf population. Some mothers whose children are attending this school remain in the facililties along the day waiting for their kids and youngsters to complete their daily journey. After some time, they have created a group of knitting mothers, who dedicate this time to knitt, producing wonderful knitted pieces they do not know how to sell or deliver to the market. This situation made us think on offering them entrepreneurial education for them to organize and create diverse knitting activities and understand how to convert their abilities in productive small companies for them to solve their livelihoods.
Counting in advance with donations we are expecting to receive through this semester we expect to soon initiate the new program. Along this week we have prepared volunteers who will be delivering the classes. We assume classes will extend for two months so our ladies will be ready to repsent their products in an "entreprenurial fair" and be ready for some celebrations as "Mother's Day" to sell their products.
Thanks to our donors we still have this program available for those women in need. Expectations are to reach about 15 young women attending this new training.
Thanks again to help us better serve the communities where we work.
This has been a tough year for our operation facind odd socio economic times for our country and people. However, after the two cohorts completed in July we have not been able to continue with the program not even printed materials having not received any funds to date. But efforts still for completing new cohorts, consequently we have reached an agreement with a new Municipalilty who is attending low income women providing them with preparation for production through handcrafted artisan production. We have offered them to complete their preparation to manufacture such articles and have concluded that next year witl be providing them with our program contents for them to create cooperative work small enterprises making use of the tools we will teach them.
We hope to have the opportunity to prepare them. .Just US$ 10 will serve to attend one women with all the 12 sessions classes at the local popular market rooms, presented by our volunteers . Should we complete US$ 250 we will be able to produce these contents and attend them as described for 25 more women integrated to the productive life allowing them to provide their home livelihood.
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