This project will provide women in impoverished communities across Latin America with access to vital financial, health and human development services that are typically out of reach, but essential to breaking the cycle of poverty. Pro Mujer helps clients establish or grow small businesses and create financial safety nets. Most importantly, our services help empower them to gain the knowledge and self-esteem they need to improve their lives and those of their families.
Latin America has one of the highest rates of gender inequality and income disparity in the world. Approximately 200 million people-almost one-third of the population-live below the poverty line. Traditional gender roles, discrimination and violence, a lack of access to capital, education, employment and healthcare are inextricably linked and perpetuate poverty. Such inequality is exacerbated by major events such as an economic downturn, political instability or sudden disaster.
Poverty is a complex issue. We believe a range of solutions is needed to help women become agents of change. Our holistic approach provides clients with tools in three key areas: financial services, including small loans, savings, and insurance; business and empowerment training, preventive health education; and high-quality, low-cost primary health care. These services help women become more economically independent, gain self-esteem, learn to solve problems, and become effective leaders.
Empowering women has a multiplier effect and enormous socioeconomic ramifications. Studies show that women reinvest 90% of their income in the general well-being of their families. When women unlock their potential, families become healthier, better fed and more educated. Income grows and savings increase. For these reasons, approximately 97% of our clients are women. When women thrive, all of society benefits and succeeding generations enjoy a better start in life.
"Pro Mujer taught us that women deserve respect, and we can work...before women were marginalized...I thank Pro Mujer because it opened the eyes of all the women and (helped us) see our potential." - Luz Maria Velez, Small store owner, Nicaragua
Total Funding Received to Date: $0
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $50,000
Total Funding Goal: $50,000
Project Id: #11112
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