Indigenous women in remote villages have never attended school or only finished third grade. They cannot read, write or identify numbers and cannot help their children with homework. The women must rely on their husband’s meager income to support their family. They rarely can make family decisions and do not have a means to earn an income. By no choice of their own, they are victims of poverty.
In early 2017, we started a pilot program to teach reading, writing, and math skills to 12 women living in a rural village. They attended classes 3 days a week for 2 hours each session, led by a young, college graduate from their village. Results proved these women were motivated, bright, and had a strong desire to learn, not only so they could be more productive adults but so they could be a good example for their children. In 2018, literacy classes expanded to a nearby village and another 14 women are attending classes. In 2019, an additional 9 women joined the group. Their classes are sanctioned by CONALFA so the women can graduate from 6th grade, 9th grade, and high school.
Sewing classes are offered at our Learning and Skills Center to teach women how to make useful items for their home, sell in their village or at the local market. They are empowered to work at home and earn an income, thus increasing their economic conditions, self-esteem and self-worth.
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