Mi Esperanza

In addition the the Christian Relief Fund and Potter’s House Guatemala, Tom Cutshall is a huge fan of Mi Esperanza, translated to My Hope, and the work they do to provide a solution to a problem; they provide education and skills, in addition to financial help, to women in poverty.

“Of the 1.3 billion people living in poverty, 70% are women.”

Mi Esperanza started in 2002. The vision is to provide life sustaining change in the lives of women in villages of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Since its beginnings, Mi Esperanza has been successful in helping women out of poverty by providing the resources needed to break out of the cycle. An intergenerational cycle of poverty is prominent in these villages of Tegucigalpa. In addition to providing the tools women need to get themselves out of poverty, Mi Esperanza has also been a sign of hope, a message for self empowerment and a rock of stability for those that need it.

Mi Esperanza uses donations, grants and 100% of the profits from the fashion brand (including bags and jewelry) to provide free skills training to impoverished women who would otherwise not have access to any form of education. They provide classes such as sewing, cosmetology, computer skills and jewelry making. In addition to teaching hard skills, the classes also stimulate a sense of confidence in the women, urging them to seek employment or become business owners with the support of their micro-loan program. Skills and financial resources are a great boost to help women lead stable lives for themselves and their children.

The fashion brand is made from Mi Esperanza and includes handmade bags and jewelry. Those who create the products receive a fair wage and co-exist in a healthy, supportive work environment. Social enterprise allows for graduates to find meaningful work as seamstresses or artisans. 100% of the profits from sales goes back to the program to elevate more women out of poverty.

Read inspiring stories from individual women who have worked with and benefited from the wonderful model of this organization.

from Tom Cutshall & Philanthropy http://ift.tt/1KgTrxw

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