Empower & facilitate
poor single mothers from
whom come 82% of all the world´s street
Ten years ago Veronica fled a barrio
in Lima, Peru, escaping a violent relationship which left her battered and her
four year old son abused.
Without money she made it 500 miles north, to the
poorest section of Trujillo, where she settled in a shanty house in Alto Trujillo.
Within a short time she found her way into the city centre where she found our
NGO. She was looking for help. When we heard her story we were surprised to learn
Veronica was not seeking help for herself, but for her neighbors, mostly abandoned
mothers and their children. Her sincerity compelled us to go have a look,and meet
her neighbors. This in spite of our being already over extended. Her visit coincided
with the beginning of our summer school term (January in the Southern Hemisphere),
So we opened our first Alto Trujillo shanty school in Veronicas temporary home.
We doubled the usable space by installing reed walls around the back garden and
a plastic roof covering the house and garden.
2007, with Veronica´s participation, we gathered more than 300 single mothers
and began to train them to become micro entrepreneurs. "ArribaYa".
We leverage all the credit we had built up in Peru, Ecuador and Panama, and began
lending enough to each mother to start their designated businesses. We also finance
Veronica´s venture into the jewelry making business. (See
her in this 2007 video). And in the first anniversary video. YouTube|| |
worked day and night to become a successful jeweler.|
Veronica owns a small jewelry making ateliere, 2 jewelry stores + places in several
markets; owns a comfortable apartment in the city centre, and she provides a living
for several dozen mothers who came through our programme and she trained to turn
her designs into finished jewelry and accessories. Today Veronica is also on the
board of directors of our Peruvian NGO.|
Veronica is always teaching
newly signed up women.
She always includes our current mothers in her
Ferias and classes.
|The school is still in operation, [now as
"ASK Trujillo"]. We moved from Veronica´s house after the first
term and occupied a succession of rented properties until settling in the purpose
built structure in 2010 - known as the |
ASK TRUJILLO SCHOOL.
years Veronica has remained a part-time member of our staff, sometimes as community
social worker and lately as business start up trainer to our mothers.
Nine years ago she co-founded Cuerpo
de Madres (Mother´s Corps) - which continues until this day.
a director Veronica joins Charo as a safe pair of hands when we are working on
projects in other countries.||Veronica
is our best example so far of a poor single mother who, with only a little encouragement
from us, has made a prosperous and fulfilling life for herself, given security
to her children; and through the mothers she has brought along with her: has ensudered
that hundreds of impoverished kids will now not end up living in the streets.|