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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Convoy of Hope, like many of our organizational peers believes that empowering women and girls is the most effective way to combat poverty. Today, on International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the power and dignity of every woman in our program as they seek to provide a better life for themselves and their families.

How does the Women’s Empowerment initiative work?

Poverty is complex, and requires a holistic and integrated programming approach. This is why Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment, Children’s Feeding, and Agriculture initiatives are key to our strategy. Our international programs are designed to work together to address poverty from multiple fronts. 

When we partner with women to build upon the capacity and resources they already possess, it positions them to make more strategic, independent life choices that benefit their entire family. When the needs of the entire family are addressed, they can then contribute to the resilience of their entire community.

The graphic below shows the journey that our Women’s Empowerment program offers to thousands of women and their children each year.

Learn more about Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment initiative in the brochure below.

 

 

 

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‘I will make it better’; Sifa’s Decision to Start a Business Changes Everything

Sifa felt trapped. Weighed down with responsibilities and limitations, she didn’t know what to do to lift her family out of poverty. Her four children were undernourished, but the local community discouraged women from contributing to their families by making an income.

“There is nothing more we could do or change,” Sifa said. “I wished for so many things that were just a fairy tale at the time.”

Things changed after Sifa discovered Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment initiative.

“I was surprised at how blinded I was! I didn’t know that I could be anything I wanted to be, change my husband’s perception, help my family to be better, and see beyond. After my first class, I got out of there with one thing in my mind: I will make it better.”

She did. And Convoy of Hope was with her every step of the way.

Sifa started her own business selling Maasai blankets. She quickly made enough profit to start another business, this time selling sugar. Then those two businesses did so well that she started selling rice.

“I manage all this because Convoy of Hope didn’t just train us, they go with us all the way,” Sifa said. “I couldn’t afford to buy my children new clothes. Now, I can even buy gifts for my husband and I can afford clothes and shoes for my kids. My husband became supportive, understanding, loving.”

Sifa now plans to buy a sewing machine so she can make her own custom merchandise and sell it at a better price. She’s feeding her children herself, her marriage is better, and her community has even started to change because of the example she is setting.

That’s the power of hope. Thank you for the part you play in empowering women like Sifa.

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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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