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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Mirna Lopez stands in the tienda she owns where she sells basic food.

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Different Times Call for Different Measures

Women who participate in our ESPERA program in Central America and Mexico are working to continue to provide the same services they provide to their local community, which often requires...

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

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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...

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Solidarity, Love and Commitment: Adjusting ESPERA’s Work in the Pandemic

It can be difficult to work as an international team such as ESPERA at the best of times. It is especially the case during these hard times, as nations scramble...

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Founded in Rebellion: Women Organizing for their Rights

The featured image shows ASMUR's leadership team. The woman in the image on the left is Cristina.  This history of ASMUR was written by Cristina Bernabe. Cristina was a founding...

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ESPERA program evaluation

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Evaluation as a Collaboration Among Partners

This past year the ESPERA program turned 10 years old! In recognition of this important milestone Mary’s Pence initiated a yearlong evaluation process in collaboration with our ESPERA partners. The...

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Five ESPERA Women at the Encuentro, Five Changed Lives!

Isabel, a Guatemalan woman from Sololá, interviews five women who, like her, participated in the Encuentro that took place in La Palma from January 8-10 to celebrate the 10th anniversary...

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