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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Mary's Pence 2019 Second Annual Grantee Retreat

Grants

Solidarity & Insight at Second Annual Grantee Retreat

During the course of 4 beautiful fall days, 20 women representing 12 Mary’s Pence grantee organizations connected, learned, relaxed, and had fun at the Second Annual Grantee Retreat. Held in...

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Community

The Death of the Forest is the End of Our Lives

Sr. Dorothy Stang, SND Advocate for Brazil’s Indigenous Poor and the Amazonian Rainforest An Inspiring Woman Featured in the Mary Pence Women’s Calendar Sr. Dorothy Stang, SND lived and died...

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Grants

Grantee Spotlight: Exodus Lending

Featured image is that of Exodus Lending staff: Anika Riewe, Kaitlyn Szabo, Anna Li and Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer.  One of the rewards that comes from partnering with a grantee organization for...

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St. Joseph Work Volunteer Bridget Peterson

Community

Meet Bridget – What I Value About Mary’s Pence

I could’ve chosen not to work with Mary’s Pence. As a St Joseph Worker, I had a few options as to where I wanted the program to place me for my...

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Auxiliadora at Women's Club of Minneapolis

ESPERA

As Crisis Deepens, Auxiliadora Accompanies Women

Auxiladora didn’t talk much about herself at first. We’d walked up the block to grab coffee and chatted for about an hour about the ESPERA program before she shared details...

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Robyn, our grants manager, at her desk

Grants

How We Work: Mary’s Pence Grants

With the fall 2019 grant cycle quickly approaching, it will soon be a busy time for all involved with Mary’s Pence grants. Seeking insight into our process, applicants often ask how grantees are selected. Here’s a glimpse into our process, a unique one among grantmaking organizations.

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Women in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador

ESPERA

In Depth with ESPERA: Different Life Stories, One True Collaboration

In Tonacatepeque, El Salvador, women in a new ESPERA group have come together across social differences: one part is from the local Catholic parish, and the other is a feminist group working on women’s rights.

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Austin Tan Cerca May 2018

Grants

Record Number of Applications for Mary’s Pence Grants

As the need for supporting social justice efforts continues to grow, so does Mary’s Pence Grants program. Our spring 2019 funding cycle saw the highest number of applications submitted in the history of Mary’s Pence Grants. With limited funding opportunities available for grassroots organizations focused on social justice, Mary’s Pence Grants is now more important than ever before for supporting grassroots social justice programs.

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Sunset by Justine Cudel

Community

Holy Week: Radical Love

This Holy Week we honor the many individuals who engage in the struggle for justice throughout the world. The women of ESPERA and Mary’s Pence Grantees are devoted to uplifting the poor and oppressed, ceaselessly going against the grain of societal acceptance. This commitment to Radical Love flows out of and is nourished by the story of Easter.

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