Organization:

Salvadoran Enterprise for Women (SEW)

An organization which empowers women in rural El Salvador to work their way out of poverty through small business development.

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Project Location:

Tonacatepeque, El Salvador

Bastion: Helping to Help
Photo courtesy of SEW. Photographers: Susan Saudek, Leslie Schuld and Elizabeth Miller
Bastion: Helping to Help
Photo Courtesy of SEW. Photographers: Susan Saudek, Leslie Schuld and Elizabeth Miller

Objectives:

  1. To create an organic production and processing of indigo
  2. To produce vegetables for their own consumption
  3. To sell products to neighboring communities

Beneficiaries:

The direct beneficiary is the women's cooperative Monseñor Romero of the Romero Community in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador.

The indirect beneficiaries are the women's families and ultimately the whole Romero community.

“Before working in the indigo business, I would feel responsible to stay at home, that I couldn’t leave for my own interests. Now, I make decisions about my life.  I tell my children I’m going to this place or that. Before it was difficult for me to communicate; I was shy. In our meetings others helped me to express myself.  I’ve learned to work alongside others. We don’t always agree but we always arrive at a conclusion that is for the good of the group.”

Angela

Bastion: Helping to Help
Photo Courtesy of SEW. Photographers: Susan Saudek, Leslie Schuld and Elizabeth Miller
Bastion: Helping to Hep
Photo Courtesy of SEW. Photographers: Susan Saudek, Leslie Schuld and Elizabeth Miller
Bastion: Helping to help
Photo Courtesy of SEW. Photographers: Susan Saudek, Leslie Schuld and Elizabeth Miller
Bastion: Helping to Help
Bastion: Helping to help
Photo Courtesy of SEW. Photographers: Susan Saudek, Leslie Schuld and Elizabeth Miller

Status:

On Going

Sector:

Women Empowerment

"My kids are always asking me about my work with the indigo. They ask, when I’m going to get paid, they’re always waiting expectantly because when I get paid I make a special dinner, buy chicken, or buy pupusas. I always invest it in buying food, it’s my primary expense."

María de los Angeles Flores

Grant:

Under $10,000

Reports:

According to the signed agreement, SEW provided reports of the use of the grant funds every three (3) months during the first year with a detailed report at the end of the first year. You can find them here.

From then on, SEW will provide reports every six months for the next three years. The next report is due in July 2018

Dates:

Started: October 2016

Bastion: Helping to Help