Women’s Empowerment through Savings and Loans Groups

SHARE currently supports two projects with CRIPDES San Vicente: Education for Youth Organization and Women’s Empowerment through Savings and Loans Groups. Read more about CRIPDES San Vicente.

Project Name: Rural Women’s Empowerment

Women from El Cristal learned to make natural shampoos and soaps thanks to Ciudad Mujer, and now have their own collective business!

Women from El Cristal learned to make natural shampoos and soaps thanks to Ciudad Mujer, and now have their own collective business!

Rural women in El Salvador, 52% of the population, are highly vulnerable, largely unprotected by government programs, and often excluded from decision making roles in their homes and communities.  Women have little access to income-earning work, agricultural loans, housing credit, and public office, from the community to the national level.

This project aims to provide women with the skills and networks to break down barriers that prevent women in rural areas of El Salvador from taking on leadership roles in their families, communities, and nation.

The women will work in coordination with other CRIPDES San Vicente Committees to raise awareness of women’s rights throughout the region. Women will take on leadership roles outside of the women’s committees to bring the perspective and insight of women into all aspects of organizing work in San Vicente.

Specific Project Elements:

  • Strengthen organization skills in 31 women’s committees and at the regional level, allowing them to take larger roles in integral development in their communities
  • Formation of 2 new women’s savings and loans groups.
  • Follow up support for three women’s savings and loans groups, formed in 2013.

Community Perspective

We can achieve anything with organization.  We have to work to make our dreams possible.“There are countless excuses not to participate in workshops or development or organizing, but there are women here working and getting educated.  Without  women leaders in the community, none of the things they have achieved so far would have been possible…its all part of a process.  We can achieve anything with organization.  Development we can fight for as we strengthen community organization and gain experience, knowledge and skills.  We have to soñar despiertas—have waking dreams— and work to make these dreams possible.”
-Edith Portillo, Women’s Coordinator with CRIPDES San Vicente

Project Supporters

Thanks to the following Grassroots Partners for their ongoing accompaniment of communities in the CRIPDES San Vicente region: Christ the King Parish CA, Faithweavers/Friends of El Salvador at St Mary’s University Parish MI, Cretin Derham Hall High School MN, Georgetown University DC, and University Lutheran Chapel CA.

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