Programs

Our Programs

We know an opportunity has the power to change a woman’s life, and the lives around her. Over the last 10 years we have supported hundreds of XtraOrdinary Women who have shown us the courage it takes to take a chance and the strength they have to make lasting, sustainable change, breaking away from cycles of poverty and violence.

So far over 1,000 women have graduated from our programs. Now we want to reach more women, in more countries and we need your support.

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XO Job Skills

Cost $755 or £600
3 months of training |
Followed by 3 - 6 months of post graduation support

Skills taught: Email literacy, job search and application training, interview skills, professional conduct and conflict resolution for the workplace.

Resources produced or provided: Completed CV, professional photo, mock interview practice, self esteem workshops, background employment checks and copies of employment certificates (both legal requirements).

Practical support: Psychological support for the individual and family mentoring to ease her transition into work, transport grant, food grant, textbooks, family support textbooks and two family support visits following graduation.

Outcome: Graduate finds full time employment to support herself and her family.
95% are placed in a job within six months.

Criteria for participants: Women who are 18-40 years old and are actively looking for employment. The application process also considers if the individual has dependants as well as her home setup.

Support post graduation: Job search support is offered at a six month follow up if no employment has been found and Psychological support is offered for the graduate and her family.

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XO Entrepreneur Bootcamp

Cost $755 or £600|
3 months of training
Followed by 3 - 6 months of post graduation support

Skills taught: Product cost analysis, financial forecasting, market research, salary structure, product marketing and placement, promotion strategy, online sales and business planning.

Resources produced on course: Logo design, promotional materials, professional product images, elevator pitch and business plan.

Practical support: Business plan templates to register sales, budgets and costs, recorded seminars, grant for travel or internet credit, business progress evaluation, personalised three month sales plan follow up, two psychologist sessions following graduation, community co-ordinator support session.

Outcome: Graduate has a profitable sustainable business that supports her and her family.

Criteria for participants: Women over the age of 18 with a business concept. of 18 and to have a solid business concept or product. The application process also considers if the individual has dependants as well as her home setup.

Support post graduation: Two or more sessions with the recruitment co-ordinator or Psychologist , a three month business follow up support session and a six month business health check.

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Jahaira

19 years old | Graduated, 2017 | 3 children

“Before I had no goals. Now with work I have dreams for my family.”

Jahayra was only allowed to go to school until she was 11 years old. Her father collected rubbish in La Chureca, the largest landfill site in Central America, and took her to work with him to generate more income for the household. La Chureca is a very violent environment, especially for a young girl. She had no future.

She became pregnant at age 15 and she knew she wanted to change her life, both for herself and her baby. She looked for the XtraOrdinary Women program because she wanted a job outside of La Chureca. On the Job Skills course Jahayra received IT training, psychosocial support and was able to hone her professional skills., Her confidence grew and upon graduating she secured her first job. She has since managed to buy a house and is now saving so her daughters can study when they reach school age.

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