Every woman deserves the chance to provide for her family’s needs, but in Honduras, many women live below the poverty line.
This International Women’s Day, Food For The Poor is building a vocational training center called Ciudad Mujer (Women’s City) in Honduras that will offer new hope to moms like Heidi who are desperate to learn a marketable job skill.
Heidi is a 19-year-old single mom trying to raise her two young children in Honduras. Without any job skills, she is unable to earn enough money washing clothes for her neighbors to properly care for her daughter and son.
The demand for factory workers in Honduras is very high. But many women lack the skills required.
Most young girls stop attending school when they are in sixth grade because they are expected to raise a family instead. Some men refuse to allow their wives to work.
Heidi, however, is eager to learn.
The majority of the poor in Honduras are single mothers. By gaining economic independence and a good paying job, Heidi could buy food and also purchase medicine to help her children when they are sick.
Up to 200 women a year will be trained at the Cuidad Mujer Sewing Center/Trade School in Choloma, the first of three training centers planned in Honduras.
The center will be part of a larger complex where women can receive education, medical care and assistance in cases of violence and physical abuse. Here, women will devote two and a half months to learn basic sewing, how to operate machines and basic supervision in a factory setting.
Help us #PressForProgress for women like Heidi in honor of International Women’s day. To donate to the Cuidad Mujer project, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.com/iwd.