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Madam Mari Carmen Aponte, the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, announces a $60,000 grant to Convoy of Hope’s Mothers’ Club program. Madam Mari Carmen Aponte, the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, announces a $60,000 grant to Convoy of Hope’s Mothers’ Club program.

U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador announces grant to support Convoy of Hope’s Mothers’ Clubs

Madam Mari Carmen Aponte, the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, announced a $60,000 grant to support Convoy of Hope’s Mothers’ Club program in El Salvador that equips poverty-stricken women with entrepreneurial skills to support their families.

“There’s no doubt that information is power, and this program is important in that it allows women to make healthy financial decisions that will help to improve their well being and the sustainability of their families and communities,” Aponte told more than 100 women involved in the program in El Salvador.

In announcing the grant, Aponte said women in the program would have access to seed capital to start their own businesses as well as be able to develop co-ops and savings groups.

“The goal of the grant is to encourage micro-enterprise and women’s business by minimizing barriers to their success,” says Convoy of Hope Latin America Regional Manager, Andrea Frey Metzger, noting that the the total investment — including Convoy of Hope’s portion — is more than $150,000. “We’re extremely grateful for the support of Ambassador Aponte and the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador. This will help build upon the accomplishments we’ve seen with women in the program and will help provide them with with long-term financial and emotional security.”

Frey Metzger says the women will receive all of the usual training from Mothers’ Clubs (nutrition, hygiene, literacy, agriculture and emotional care) along with the provision of seed capital. “We’re committed to standing beside these women as they begin their businesses and will closely monitor their growth,” she adds.

Since its inception in El Salvador in 2011, 503 women have graduated from the program, and it’s currently being introduced in Honduras and Nicaragua. The Mothers’ Club program is part of Convoy of Hope’s broader Women’s Empowerment work that is also educating and supporting poverty-stricken women and their families in Ethiopia and Tanzania.

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Woman enrolled in our Women's Empowerment Program in Ethiopia selling produce. Woman enrolled in our Women's Empowerment Program in Ethiopia selling produce.

Ethiopian government awards Convoy of Hope

The Ethiopian government recently recognized Convoy of Hope as a model among non-governmental organizations working in the country for our Children’s Feeding Initiative and Women’s Empowerment Program there.

Convoy of Hope was the only organization to receive the award for our work, which was described by the government as “life-changing, corruption free and impactful.”

“We’ve been operating in Ethiopia for just a short amount of time, so it is an honor for us to be recognized by the government for the work we are doing to change the lives of children, women and families,” says Hal Donaldson, president.

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Thanks to the Convoy of Hope program, this woman now runs a catering business. She was making injera, the local bread, to sell to restaurants and hotels. Thanks to the Convoy of Hope program, this woman now runs a catering business. She was making injera, the local bread, to sell to restaurants and hotels.

Women’s Empowerment Program in 417 Magazine

The current issue of one of Missouri’s premier magazines includes a feature about our women’s empowerment program in Ethiopia. Below is a short excerpt, but the entire story and several great photos of the program can be seen at 417Magazine.com.

This simple plan of educating women, training them for a vocation and helping them get started originally had a goal of graduating 96 women. To date, the program has graduated more than 1,200. Women who were making $11 a month are now making $300. Inspired by the success, Convoy has expanded the program, taking it to Tanzania and eventually El Salvador. After the initial grant for the program ran out, Convoy decided to fund the program and make it its own department.

To Edson, these are not facts and figures that point to the greatness of Convoy; rather, it’s about the women …

See the rest.

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A mother and newfound jewelry maker slips on a necklace that she learned to make in a Convoy of Hope Mother's Club. A mother and newfound jewelry maker slips on a necklace that she learned to make in a Convoy of Hope Mother's Club.

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we spoke with Andrea Frey, Latin America Regional Manager for Convoy of Hope about our Mother’s Club program in El Salvador and Honduras.

Is Mother’s Day celebrated in Latin America?

Mother’s Day is a big deal in Latin American because women play such a large role in homes. They’re holding families together for the most part. Fathers are often spending long days working, leaving mothers to care for the children.

Explain our Mother’s Club program.

We started our Mother’s Club in El Salvador and have recently piloted a program in Honduras. They are unique forums where we bring women together to educate them on how to provide healthier environments for their families. That includes teaching them to start businesses so they can make enough money to feed and care for their families as well as basic cooking and gardening skills.

How many mothers are enrolled?

We’ve had 135 women enrolled in El Salvador and plan to begin enrolling women in Honduras later this year.

Why is the program so important to mothers?

Mothers come together and they’re given new hope. In our last cycle in El Salvador, we had a girl who was 14-years-old and pregnant and so she was able to interact with older moms and was learn how to care for a new baby. She actually gave birth while she was in the program she was very much alone before but then she had a whole community of women surrounding her and teaching her life skills. After that, she not only had that support but she had food to give to her baby and she had vitamins and a garden. I think that’s one of the neatest things that I’ve seen — that a lot of younger moms are learning from older women. That’s life changing for them.

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