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2014 News

Launching of Women's Empowerment Through Enterprise Program

Ambassador Aponte talks to some of the participants of the program.

Ambassador Aponte talks to some of the participants of the program.

On January 13th, the United States Embassy along with Convoy of Hope launched the “Women’s Empowerment through Enterprise” program,
whose main goal is to empower women in El Salvador rural communities.

This program is part of the initiative of the Department of State “Women Entrepreneurship in the Americas” (WEAmericas), working to connect women to business opportunities by bringing together public, private and non-profit organizations to facilitate inclusive growth.

This project’s objective is to empower women so that, with training and the available resources, they can generate income and support their families. The project will support 17 groups of 15 women living in rural and urban communities in Santa Ana, San Salvador, Ahuachapán, La Paz, San Vicente, Sonsonate and La Libertad.

The United States Embassy supports this program with almost $60,000. The total investment for this program reaches $153,828.

Convoy of Hope, created in 1994 is a non-governmental and nonprofit
organization that works to benefit the poor through a variety of programs. This organization began working in El Salvador in 2007.

The United States Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte, Convoy of Hope’s
Latin America Regional Manager Andrea Frey Metzger, and over a
hundred women benefiting from the program participated in the launching.

Convoy of Hope works with women who face numerous challenges, such
as illiteracy, violence, malnutrition, poor health, and poverty.

This program currently covers 255 women from 12 to 65 years old, who receive training in order to learn how to improve their economic situation with business projects which they themselves will administer.