Photograph of the group of women that comprises CEPROSI.

Nicaraguan Women at the Heart: A Story of Accompaniment

“At the heart of our work are the women,” explains Gilda Larios, ESPERA Team Lead. This is the profoundly intentional notion behind our work.

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Grants

Multi-generational Issues Require Inter-generational Solidarity

“Lead by example. Support women on their way to the top. Trust that they will extend a hand to those who follow.” -Mariela Dabbah

History shows us that achieving equality is a multi-generational issue. Recent Mary’s Pence grant recipients, Code/Art in Miami, Florida and Project DIVA in Minneapolis, Minnesota, are two organizations who give life to Mariela Dabbah’s words.

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Photograph of several guatemalan woman in traditional dress, one woman from El Salvador, and one woman from the United States.

ESPERA

A Decade of Hope: Celebrating 10 Years of the ESPERA Program

From the beginning, we knew that unlike other micro-lending programs, we wanted to create a feminist model of community lending, which measures success by the effects the program has on women, their communities, their well-being and economic autonomy, not merely profits and repayment rates.

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Grants

Intentional Love from Mary’s Pence: the Inaugural Grantee Retreat

s a small women-led, social change organization Mary’s Pence is uniquely positioned to understand the challenges our grantees face, and the benefit of coming together with like-minded women to support one another.

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Community

Come, Come, Whoever You Are

Thousands of migrants are trudging across Mexico from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. They carry small children and support the tired and infirm. Hot and humid weather carries with it the constant risk of dehydration, sunburn and exhaustion.

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Photograph of the writer of the article with ESPERA women in El Salvador.

ESPERA

ESPERA: The Reason I Support Mary’s Pence

I had the privilege of attending that first emotional health retreat in La Palma, El Salvador, in 2017 and meet the women who attended from all over Central America. I was so proud of Mary’s Pence as I heard one woman after another thank our organization for its caring accompaniment.

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red tealights in glass votive holders set on racks.

Community

Celebrating All Saints’ Day

Dorothy Day, pacifist, activist and founder of the Catholic Worker movement is quoted as saying “People say, ‘What is the sense of our small effort?’ They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.”

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photograph of woman teaching with two students from the back.

Grants

Gratitude for Three Mary’s Pence Grants from Wishwas

I am taking this time to thank you from the depth of our hearts for having supported us for three grant cycles.
We heard that we are only given 3 grants and this would be end of our beautiful relationship with Mary’s Pence. We just wanted to retrace and express our gratitude by letting Mary’s Pence know how we used the funds and what we did with the grants.

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Photograph of all the women of Virignia community, one woman holds a baby.

ESPERA

Visiting ESPERA women in the remote village of Virignia, Guatemala

I applaud Gilda’s work and her commitment to traveling hours upon hours from Mexico to go to the communities that are the most out of the way and forgotten in Guatemala to encourage and work with the women on increasing their economic status.

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A group of seven women, some iraqi and some from the united states, stand in front of a golden statue on top of the Minnesota State Capitol building.

Grants

Iraqi and American Minnesota Women Form Intercultural Friendships

“From the start when we gathered in the rotunda until the end when we parted ways outside of the visitor’s office, greetings, laughing, and hugs abounded among the women. The presence of caring and respect for each other was apparent. It was an uplifting and educational experience.”

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