Cristina Works On Ending the Cycle of Poverty
Cristina and Convoy of Hope have the same goals for her community in the Philippines — ending the cycle of poverty and encouraging sustainable growth.
Cristina grew up in a poor household, but was determined to make a different life for herself. She studied, worked hard, and became a nurse at the local school.
But her community still had needs, and her family’s income was never stable enough. So when she had the opportunity to join Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program, she jumped at the chance. Five years later, she is running a successful store and teaching her 14-year-old daughter.
“My daughter is eager to study,” Cristina said proudly. “She is an honor student now. I can see that she will graduate, and she will also get a good job.”
Cristina is one of more than 6,500 women and girls Convoy of Hope empowers in the Philippines. When a woman is empowered — when she can earn an income, better care for her children, or believe in her intrinsic worth — it doesn’t only benefit her. Her entire community profits.
Cristina is also working to empower other women in her community with those in the program. Together, they pool money to support other women, which helps them attend Women’s Empowerment training.
“Because we have been helped, we should also help them. So they can experience what we have experienced from Convoy of Hope.”
Cristina is an amazing example of using empowerment to help end the cycles of poverty and hopelessness for others.