ESPERA Archives - Mary's Pence
Friends and family sitting outside Tortilleria Maria Luis

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Memorializing a Vibrant Spirit

When Maria Luisa Mejia passed away in January 2020, she left behind an impressive legacy. The Coordinator of our ESPERA partner Red de Mujeres in Morelos, Mexico, Maria Luisa was...

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Brenda at Concertacion de la Mujer de Suchitoto

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ESPERA Participants and Employees of ESPERA Partners Benefit From Online Course

Brenda Sarahí isn’t a typical ESPERA program participant. As the employee of one of ESPERA’s partners that supports women in agro business, Brenda is participating in ESPERA’s online learning course...

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Mary's Pence Board and Staff Planning Meeting

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In Her Own Words: Gilda Larios Reflects on her Productive Visit to the U.S.

Before I explain the purpose of my visit to the U.S. this summer, let me give you the bigger picture of what’s happening in Latin America these days with regard...

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Some of Mary's Pence staff and board pictured with CESPPO-CLAC during a preliminary visit to El Salvador.

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ESPERA Launches New Partnership with El Salvador-Based Organization

Not even a global pandemic could stop them. After 13 months in the making, ESPERA and La Asociación Coordinadora Salvadoreña de Pequeños Productores Organizados (CESPPO) officially launched the inauguration of...

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Dora Alicia, center, is participating in ESPERA’s online course. She is pictured with her colleagues Rubidia (left) and Jacqueline (right) showing their hashtag message assignment, which reads: “Self love, respect, dialogue, and communication are indispensable conditions for living without conflicts.”

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Online Learning Opportunity Develops Women’s Leadership Skills for Personal Growth and Organizational Effectiveness

In the midst of a global pandemic and despite all the challenges that online learning can present, 21 women from our ESPERA program committed to a year-long online training program...

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La Red de Mujeres, RUM, El Salvador

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Reflecting on 2020: 5 Creative Ways ESPERA Responded During the COVID-19 Crisis

Photo: Members of La Asociación de Mujeres de Santa Domingo de Guzmán, a member of ESPERA partner La Red Union de Mujeres (RUM), El Salvador, taken at a group gathering...

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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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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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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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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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