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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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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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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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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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Grants

Young Women’s Empowerment Through Mary’s Pence Grantees

All participants reported increasing demand for their programs that help inspire and empower young women and girls. Their organizations are growing at a fast pace, gaining popularity, recognition, and traction at an increasing rate. A cultural shift to building up and investing in young women is happening and these organizations are on the front lines.

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Salvadoran woman wearing a light blue apron sits on the edge of a hammock. Behind her in the hammock a toddler lays drinking a bottle.

ESPERA

Salvadoran Women’s Will to Thrive

Ambrosia explained what they learned from this experience, “We have definitely learned to be more careful with the time we set for our loans, and at the same time we are grateful to have access to these funds.” The commitment they feel towards the community of women who participate in their local ESPERA community lending pool is very powerful and helps Ambrosia and her daughters not to give up.

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Four women - 2 iraqi, 2 white americans - smile with their arms around one another. The women on the ends hold umbrella's over the group.

Grants

Connecting Grantees Supporting Immigrants and Refugees

Although there are challenges, support from individuals and communities continues to grow. So do opportunities to increase organization reach due to flourishing demand for services and strategic partnerships.

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Grants

CREAting Dignity for Spanish Speaking Adults at Centro de Recursos Educativos para Adultos

CREA is a woman founded/directed organization. While all are welcome, 80% of learners are women. The women who founded CREA understand the need for a place where immigrants could learn English and augment their education. Many were unable to attend school in their home country because of poverty or gender discrimination.

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