ISMU will initiate a skills development program and through microcredit create job opportunities for single low-income mothers. ISMU will provide quality educational day care for their children.
In the shantytowns of Guatemala City, many families are headed by single mothers who must contend with gang violence, extreme poverty, few opportunities, and lack of access to basic services like clean water. But with the opportunity to participate in skills and job training - and the support of other women- they are empowered with the resources to succeed. Another essential is daycare so their children can be supported in a safe space where they'll receive meals, health services, and education.
Workshops on small-business and practical skills for marketable handicraft production (floral arrangements, greeting cards, jewelry, etc) Training and leadership development for women community leaders. Support of daycare centers for young children.
Marginalized women with few resources receive the job skills to have a steady income to raise their families. Women are engaged in community initiatives and increase their status within society. Children receive daycare and educational support.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).