Teach to Teach: Training Women to Teach Spanish

by Awamaki
Dec 30, 2013

Happy New Year from Jenny


Jenny is a Spanish teacher with Awamaki. She has a high school education and grew up in a farming family, without the resources for higher education. Her husband Moises works in the tourism sector in a low-paying job.  When she became pregnant with her daughter several years ago, she knew she had to find a way to give her daughter the best life possible. 

Two years ago, Jenny signed up with our brand-new Spanish teachers' program. She came every day to six months of training, thanks the childcare provided by your donations to this project. Now, Jenny teaches Spanish several hours per week, earning a high enough wage that she can still spend plenty of time with her daughter, Bianca. Jenny loves her job and is a gifted instructor. Her students expose her to different cultures and new ideas, while she teaches them Spanish grammar and practices conversation with them. "I learn more every day from my students," she says. 

Jenny and Moises have purchased a small piece of land and this month, they are starting construction on their own small home with Jenny's savings from teaching Spanish. They are so excited to be building a home in which to raise their family. 

Whether it's food, schooling or a place to live, Jenny knows what Bianca needs. Donations allow us to teach her the skills required for her to earn money to meet those needs. In 2014, we aim to teach the Spanish teachers to teach Quechua, so that they can access more students and increase their teaching hours. We also aim to begin administration training with them so that they can progress towards being successful, independent business women.

Your donations fund this skills empowerment. As we build these skills, we can increasingly connect women to market opportunities so that they can earn income. The women do the rest. They invest in their families's nutrition, in their kids' education, in concrete floors and warm clothes for the cold Andean winter. They tranform their communities and lift their families out of poverty, woman by woman, household by household. 

Please contribute to Awamaki today and give a sustainable, prosperous future to Jenny and more women like her.

Thank you so much and best wishes for a new year!


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Location: Ollantaytambo, Cusco - Peru
Website: http:/​/​www.awamaki.org/​
Project Leader:
Mary Kennedy Leavens
Ollantaytambo, Cusco Peru

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