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“Women and girls continue to be the center point of our work”

Diane Caraza, our director for Latin America and the Caribbean; and Rogelia Soto, our country director, are on a tour to exchange experiences with female leaders and participants of different projects promoted by CARE Guatemala.

We are proud to learn that women’s organizations are strengthened and that they reach more participants because of the support provided. This was the case for the Ixmucané Association —which has a historical trajectory in relation to women’s rights—, since through the project “Transform Yourself, Women Free of Violence”, they helped women from ten townships from Quiché with healing services, psychological assistance, and legal support.

The inspirational stories —such as the ones shared by the participants of the project “Leadership and Literacy Trainings for Indigenous Women in Guatemala”—, are what motivate us to continue with our work.

The women who only a few years ago did not know how to read nor write due to their lack of opportunities, are not only literate now, but they are also aware of their rights, they demand them, and seek new opportunities to improve their quality of life. After the project ended, they started a community savings bank that allows them to have their own resources and to secure them. “We started as 15 people, and now there’s 40 of us”, they say with pride.