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Josefina’s Story

Josefina dons her blue apron — embroidered with “Convoy of Hope” on the front — and starts the tour of her tienda. The mild Nicaraguan winters mean she can leave her front door open for potential customers.

“I started off selling ice, but now I’ve invested in other things to sell,” she explains. “I have chickens I can sell for meat and eggs. I also sell popsicles and other goods. My goal is to expand this and own my own grocery store.”

Josefina looks taken aback as she speaks, almost as if she can’t believe what she’s saying. That’s because she was in a very different situation only one year ago. Unable to buy groceries without going into debt, she enrolled in Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment initiative as soon as she knew it was a possibility.

“I participated, and I didn’t miss any of the sessions,” she says with a laugh.

After she graduated, she opened her shop and saved money. It couldn’t have come at a better time. Several medical emergencies took place in her family that she was able to pay for without going into debt — something she never would have been able to do before opening her business.

As Josefina walks around her store, she points proudly to a piece of paper hanging on the wall. It’s the diploma she received when she graduated from the Women’s Empowerment program. With tears in her eyes, she says, “I want my children to be in school and study, so they don’t have to struggle the way I have.”

Thanks to Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program, women around the world like Josefina are ending the cycles of poverty in their families and communities, while also cultivating hope for future generations.

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Ivania’s Story – Women’s Empowerment

Since piloting Mothers’ Clubs in 2012, the Convoy of Hope Women’s Empowerment program has been training, educating, and empowering women in Honduras. Ivania — a wife and mother of three — has experienced the success of the program and looks forward to new opportunities in the future. 

Before attending Women’s Empowerment classes, Ivania cared for her three young children and ran her own business while her husband, David, worked at the local gas station. Despite their hard work, they struggled to provide for all of their family’s needs.

“Before, there were a lot of bad situations,” she says. “For example, there was no food for lunches. It was hard. The kids often didn’t have diapers or milk. I didn’t have the money to afford them. There were a lot of struggles before.”

With just a sixth grade education, Ivania joined the Women’s Empowerment program to help get her business off the ground. She cherishes the information she has learned since being involved in Women’s Empowerment, such as customer service, business accounting, and investing. “I didn’t know any of this before I met Convoy,” Ivania says. 

Ivania has set a goal of saving 6,000 lempira and has managed to save more than anyone else in the program. In order to meet her goal, she spends a majority of her business days delivering and fulfilling orders for her customers. She continues to grow her business through word of mouth but hopes to have a brick and mortar store someday. 

Ivania is thankful for the experience and knowledge she has gained through the Women’s Empowerment program and the impact it has had on her life. 

“Convoy taught me everything I know about business, and I’m putting it into practice. This is all a reality because of everything that Convoy taught me. The Convoy staff gave me confidence, and now I consider them my friends.” 

Thanks to friends like you for supporting the efforts of Women’s Empowerment and changing the lives of women around the world. 

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Makena Goes To The Market

Makena starts her day at the Ewuaso Market in her home country of Kenya. Metal saucepans reflect the beams of sunlight peeking through the shade trees above as neatly packaged bowls, cups, and cooking utensils line tables at her quiet corner store. She laughs and smiles with friends from the community.

But Makena knows struggle.

Just eight months ago, she was staying at home to care for seven of her 10 children. Barely able to provide enough food for her family, she was in desperate need of a second chance. A second chance — like the one she found in Convoy of Hope’s Micro+ program. 

Since completing Micro+, Makena started her own business to provide for her large family. Now, instead of staying home, Makena sells household goods and kitchenware at three weekly markets.

While a lot has changed for Makena and her family, one change stands out the most. “Now there’s plenty of food,” she says with a smile. 

Your kindness has helped break the chains of poverty for Makena and her family. Thank you for empowering women like Makena and providing second chances to families around the world.

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