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Persevering, Providing, Prospering: Linnette’s Story

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“I have suffered a lot,” Linnette said. 

Linnette’s upbringing in El Salvador came with a unique set of challenges. At an early age, an accident robbed her of motor function in one leg. However, with a new outlook, some care and support, and a great measure of perseverance, Linnette started a successful business and lives a life full of hope. 

“I did not feel I had anyone in my life to look out for me,” said Linnette. “I did not want to talk to anyone. I would not leave my house because I was embarrassed because I could not walk. I had to crawl on the floor to move around.” 

Linnette found it difficult to provide for her children and to talk with them about their situation. Unable to use a wheelchair to help with mobility, she persisted and eventually discovered she could use a bicycle.

Linnette began participating in Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program and learned important skills and values to help her start a business and realize her self-worth. Now, she is the proud owner of a successful pupusa stand and an inspiration to her entire community. 

“I hope my story helps people in my community to feel brave, to believe in themselves, and be encouraged by my story in a way that will help them work hard to also overcome the difficult situations life may be presenting to them,” she said. “You may think that what you have given me is very little, but for me it is a lot.”

Each morning, Linnette commutes to work on her bicycle and proudly serves pupusas to others in her community. “I feel very happy,” she said. 

Since 2011, Convoy of Hope has empowered more than 46,000 women and girls around the world through Women’s Empowerment. More than half — an astounding 26,841 — began a new chapter within the past year.

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