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Empowerment Strengthens a Community in El Salvador

El Salvador Reported by Convoy of Hope
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Estela and Julia are no strangers to trials. Estela was pregnant with her daughter, Julia, when she found out she had cancer. Estela’s mother also recently passed away. Julia and her grandmother had a very special relationship.

“She listened to me and gave me a lot of attention. When I used to visit her, she used to hug me tightly and give me a kiss on the cheek. That is what I remember most about her,” Julia told Convoy of Hope. 

Estela is a participant in Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program in El Salvador.  Using the training and support she received in the program, Estela started her own business selling clothes and houseplants. Her whole family helps in the store because business is so good!

Julia has been a part of Convoy’s Girls’ Empowerment program for three years now. 

“The activities we do are very fun,” Julia said. “They teach us a lot about values and how to take care of ourselves. I have learned a lot of things and I have also changed a lot.” 

The girls in Julia’s Girls’ Empowerment group are her best friends. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up so she can help people.

“Every day I thank God for another day, for allowing me to go to school, and for having my family with me,” Julia said.

Convoy’s Girls’ Empowerment groups are educational programs that help girls identify and strengthen their voice — individually and collectively. Girls in the program learn about self-esteem, positive decision-making, nutrition, physical and emotional health, menstrual health, and more. This education helps girls plan for their futures and grow up believing that they can make a difference in their communities and the world. 

Whether you are an individual, business, or church, you can help make a difference in the lives of women and girls like Estela and Julia. To donate to Convoy’s Women’s Empowerment program and Girls’ Empowerment groups, click here.

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