Photo of woman sitting at sewing machine showing her seamstress shop in El Salvador.

How the Global Pandemic Touches the Lives of ESPERA Women in Central America and Mexico

Even though it’s only been a couple months, mid- March feels like a lifetime ago. That’s when 15 women – all representatives of ESPERA partner organizations – and ESPERA staff joined for two days of meetings of the ESPERA Evaluation Steering Committee in Suchitoto, El Salvador. Together they continued their review and discussion of the […]

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ESPERA Woman business owner

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ESPERA Loans for Tienda Owners Generate Earned Income for Families and Safe Options for Communities

It was March 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic was beginning to hit El Salvador. The media and official communications in the country were issuing alerts encouraging the population to stay...

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Native Justice Coalition: A Platform for Healing, Social, and Racial Justice by and for Native American People

Cecelia Rose LaPointe, Executive Director of the Native Justice Coalition, believes in the importance of fostering community.  They are Ojibway/Métis, Mashkiziibi (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibway or LaPointe...

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Ana María holding produce from the La Concerta farm

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Family Farming in the Time of a Pandemic: Ensuring Food Access in El Salvador

Public transport had been suspended. People in little towns in El Salvador could still get some groceries but they began to worry about accessing essential products in the future. Many...

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Laura at SJW Welcome Ritual

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Meet Laura: St Joseph Worker at Mary’s Pence

This fall I joined Mary’s Pence as a volunteer with the St Joseph Worker (SJW) Program, a service year for women created by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet...

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COVID Activism Inside a California Women’s Prison

By Michele Rene Scott, Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) This is a brief story shared by the perspective of the people inside the facility about how people at the Central...

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How One Woman’s Store Supports Her Family and Her Community

When Sara Rosales left her position at the National Police of Honduras in 2017, she struggled to find work. As a woman who had dedicated 14 years at an institution...

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Collaborative Leadership Group of Women to Women

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How the Spirituality Network Connects People…at a Safe Distance

The Spirituality Network in Columbus, Ohio, is a community-based organization that thrives on connecting people with resources for spiritual growth through education, training, and conversation. Uniting people to meet together...

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Kiyomi Kishaba

Community

Intern Kiyomi Kishaba shares her “verse”

One glance at her room decor of “the future is female” and “empowered women empower women” posters and any common passerby would know Kiyomi Kishaba is a feminist. Take a...

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Emotional Co-Listening Program Uses Technology to Unite Women

The videos are short –3 minutes at a maximum –because smaller files are easier to share over the WhatsApp phone messaging service. The fact that technology limits the length of...

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