Tag Archives: Empowerment

Minnesota Muslim Women Are Showing Up, Taking Charge

“What is holding you back from leadership?” Women ask each other this question a lot. The answers are many and varied. There’s institutional politics, prejudice against capable women, distrust and micro-aggressions towards women who have the ambition to lead. But … Continue reading

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ESPERA Women Have a Will to Thrive

Gabriela Bandini de Unánue reflects on her first year working with women participating in the ESPERA community lending program as the ESPERA Business Facilitator. Reflecting on the year since I joined the Mary’s Pence team, I would like to share … Continue reading

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Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism Through Advocacy—MAYA Organization

Imagine this: You have been in an abusive relationship for several years. With no experience, you struggled to find a job to support your family so you have been earning your income as a prostitute. You’re a mother and have been battling … Continue reading

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Gaby’s Six-Month Update

Gaby Bandini is the ESPERA Business Facilitator for Mary’s Pence, hired in June 2015. Her first task has been building business capacity among pilot groups of twelve ESPERA businesses in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. Here’s what she’s been up … Continue reading

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Youth Voices: Creating a Space for Altruism – Youth Rise Texas

Youth Rise Texas is a start-up grassroots organization in Austin, Texas, that provides leadership development for youth whose parents have been deported or incarcerated. The majority of Youth Rise participants are young women of color. A first-time Mary’s Pence grant … Continue reading

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Interview with Gaby in La Voz Latina

Gaby Bandini, new ESPERA Business Facilitator, was recently interviewed for an article in La Voz Latina, a Spanish language newspaper for the Latino community in St. Paul and Minneapolis where Mary’s Pence offices are located. We have translated the article … Continue reading

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Meet Mary’s Pence- Taylor

Greetings, Mary’s Pence community! My name is Taylor Harwood, and I will be providing development and communications support for Mary’s Pence this year as a St. Joseph Worker volunteer. The St. Joseph Worker Program is a year of service for … Continue reading

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Where Have All the Children Gone?

Sr. Pat Rogucki, Mary’s Pence Board member, has been traveling in Central America for the past 26 years. She has an intimate knowledge of the people and culture there. In this post, she reflects on the tactics used in Mexico … Continue reading

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Meet Mary’s Pence: Paige

Good morning donors, grantees, and other Mary’s Pence supporters! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Paige King and I am excited to announce that I have recently assumed my new role as the … Continue reading

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