A group of eight women, two white, the rest latina, stand with their arms around one another smiling.

ESPERA

More Than Micro-Lending: Mental Health Support for ESPERA Women

Each woman was to set three goals that she wanted to be held accountable for: take a step toward self-care, improve family relationships, and expand available resources, which could improve their businesses.

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A letter from the President of Concertacion de Mujeres de Suchitoto to Mary's Pence. thanking them for all of their support in the last 30 years.

ESPERA

Oldest ESPERA Partner Expresses Gratitude for Mary’s Pence

Since 1991, the Contertación de Mujeres has been dedicated to the “acompanimiento” of women confronting violence. We know in our very bodies how difficult it is to give birth to an organization and evolve with it.

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Isabel, a middle aged woman stands proudly in front of a chicken coop full of chickens.

ESPERA

A Progression of Changes for ESPERA Women in El Salvador

At first, the women were nervous to take out loans. Because they had not had previous experience with lending, the women were worried that they would not be able to pay the loans back.

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Photograph of carmen between her two adult daughters.

ESPERA

Economic Autonomy: The Journey to Dignity and Liberty

Because ESPERA goes beyond the money, our work is helping the women address some of the major consequences of machismo. By encouraging women to take leadership roles Mary’s Pence fortifies individuals striving to have a stronger voice in their homes and their communities.

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Photograph of carmen between her two adult daughters.

ESPERA

Para la Concertación de Mujeres de Suchitoto, la autosuficiencia económica es el camino a la dignidad y la libertad

ESPERA ve más allá del dinero; nuestro trabajo en conjunto con la Concerta consiste en propiciar que las mujeres tengan claridad de las consecuencias más nefastas del machismo. Además de fortalecer a la Concerta como organización y apoyando a las mujeres para que asuman liderazgo.

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Photograph of the group of women that comprises CEPROSI.

ESPERA

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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Photograph of the group of women that comprises CEPROSI.

ESPERA

Mujeres Nicaraguenses en el Corazón: Una Historia de Acompañamiento

“En el corazón de nuestro trabajo están las mujeres”, dice Gilda Larios, la líder del equipo de ESPERA. Esta es realmente la profunda intención de lo que busca lograr la comunidad de ESPERA.

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Photograph of a family outside their home near Suchitoto. Grandfather, father, mother, and four children.

ESPERA

ESPERA and Immigration

In our community in the last three years, men, women, and children have left. Some women migrated because their partners are in another country, others go because of the fear they have of the situations in their countries, and many people leave because there aren’t enough jobs.

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Photograph of ESPERA women standing outside with ESPERA staff.

ESPERA

Reflecting on the Past, Rising With Dignity

Beginning with personal reflection, each member created a timeline and drew their economic activities/businesses year by year, showing how it began, how it developed or changed, and what they hoped for and expected in the future.

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Photograph of two women with their arms around each other.

ESPERA

ESPERA Women Have a Will to Thrive

Each meeting with the women who are part of the ESPERA program in Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico has confirmed for me the positive impact that the program has in the daily lives of every one of the women.

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