In 2009 we met a group of XtraOrdinary women living in La Chureca, Nicaragua; Central America’s largest landfill site. These women were stuck in cycles of poverty and violence, and stuck on the mound of rubbish they called home. They needed jobs. As a reuslt of extensive conversation with the community we set up a pilot job skills training program in a shipping conatiner in La Chureca.
13 years empowering women
7,000 people lifted out of poverty
A bit of our history
With the aim to assit them in learning the skills they needed to get a job, and then we connected them with local employment opportunities. To this day 95% of these women remain in stable employment. In 2023, fourteen years on, our, or rather their, success rate is still 95%; upon graduating our program they get a stable job, or revitalise a small home based business, and become financially independent.
Today, we work in dozens of communities across Nicaragua and in 2021 we expanded to run programs with partners across Central America. Our vision is to increase our reach across Nicaragua & Central America, and build our online courses to reach more women in need. An estimated 6 million women in Central America experience financial abuse. That is debilitating for them and for societies. We know if they could access our resources they could build a brighter future.
We believe the right opportunity has the power to change a woman’s life, and the lives around her. We know brighter, happier, self-sustaining futures are possible for women at risk.
In 2014 we won our first national award for social impact and innovation, and in 2015, 2016, and 2017 we continued to be recognized and awarded for our work.
To date we have served over 1,600 women across six districts of the capital city, Managua. We also work in the Central, Atlantic and Pacific regions in Nicaragua and the Central American countries like Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.
We empower women through skill training, psychosocial support and job placement programs.
To be Nicaragua's most recognized NGO serving women.
We have built our programs aking into consideration the evolving and debilitating political, environmental and socio-economic challenges this demographic faces.
These conditions make these women some of the most vulnerable members of society. Latin America and the Caribbean account for 14 of the 25 deadliest nations in the world for women and has the highest rates of gender-based violence (GBV) in the world.
The challenges facing this 20% of women in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala are immense. That’s where we come in. We can not only reach these marginalised women but our programs give them the skills they need to empower them to break free from their cycles of poverty and violence.