New lives for 124 women of the Guatemala City Dump

by Creamos
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Summary

We provide economic opportunity and a safe space for women who live and work around the Guatemala City Garbage Dump. Our income-generating program offers stable employment outside of the dangerous and dirty job of harvesting trash to resell, while our supportive services address the significant social and emotional challenges the women face. By fostering hope, solidarity and education in an environment of huge gender inequality and violence, we believe an alternative female reality is possible.
$25,000.00
total goal
$5,813.00
remaining
241
donors
1
monthly donor
4
months active

Challenge

Thousands of people living on the periphery of the Guatemalan City Garbage Dump survive by salvaging refuse to resell, risking their lives for less than $3USD a day. Many of these people are women. Almost half of these women are single mothers. Gender inequality is so deeply embedded in this community that these women usually earn 50% less than men, while acts of violence against them are a cultural norm. Many of the women we work with are victims of physical, emotional and economic abuse.

Solution

Our goal is to improve the lives of women in this community through various income-generating and welfare initiatives. We offer alternative employment, such as jewelry-making and sewing programs, as well as providing education and emotional support. By nurturing creativity, literacy, business skills and financial independence, our programs seek to build self-esteem and afford these women the chance to step outside of an oppressive status quo, setting a new example for the next generation.

Long-Term Impact

We currently work with 124 women, but we believe the long-term benefits will extend into the wider community. Through education, by developing their skills and working with them to have their voices heard, these women can become influential agents for change in the community. If they are able to become advocates for themselves, it is hoped they will also set an example to others experiencing similar challenges, providing an alternative female reality to that of oppression, fear and dependency.

Resources

http:/​/​www.creamosfuturos.com/​

Organization Information

Creamos

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala - Guatemala
Website: https:/​/​creamosfuturos.com/​
Project Leader:
Ilusion Farias
Guatemala City, Guatemala
$19,187 raised of $25,000 goal
 
265 donations
$5,813 to go
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