Tag Archives: ESPERA

“The desert is hot, but we are the rain”

Svitlana Iukhymovych, St. Joseph Worker, shares her reflections on SOA Watch Convergence-2016 Last month, Mary’s Pence connected with supporters at the annual SOA Watch Vigil and Convergence. In the years past, this event was held at Fort Benning, a combat training … 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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Drought in Nicaragua: Environmental and Human Crisis

According to the environmental organization Centro Humboldt, Nicaragua is confronting “the most profound environmental crisis in recent history.” Between 2011 and 2016 there has been a reduction in forest coverage of more than 36,000 hectares (roughly 100,000 acres). In addition … 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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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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Mary’s Pence at Intentional Eucharistic Communities Gathering

Margins were front and center at the fourth national conference of Intentional Eucharistic Communities: Living the Gospel, Collective Voices, which took place near the Mary’s Pence office in St. Paul, MN this past weekend. Intentional Eucharistic Communities are small communities, … Continue reading

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ESPERA Assembly in Suchitoto, El Salvador

Mary’s Pence established the ESPERA program in 2008 as a way to create economic development and empower women by partnering with existing women’s networks in Central America, Mexico and Haiti and giving them the tools they need to lift themselves … Continue reading

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Finding Inspiration from Isabel

by Pat Rogucki, Board Member Isabel Calderón taught me what it means to live life unafraid and with a deep sense of determination. During the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s Isabel survived bombs that rained down on … Continue reading

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Share Your Wisdom and Shape the Future of ESPERA!

Six years ago, with the support of our donors, we launched a unique and successful community lending program. As you know, since then we’ve grown to 9 women’s groups in 6 countries, with over 700 women participating. We’re excited about … Continue reading

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The Future Begins with Writing Your Name

by Kelsey Tape, Mary’s Pence Volunteer How often do you write your name in one day? For some people, writing their name is an act that’s easily taken for granted. For other people, it’s an act they aspire to complete-it … Continue reading

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