Savings, Grads and Hearts Healed

Why are we showing you the 2nd graduating class? Most of the time it seems like what is publicized are the FIRST results of a program – photos, stories, testimonies, etc. If you want to see those first results, look here (Food and the Gospel in Cantaclaro). But, now, nine months since the LIVING WELL THROUGH HANDS UNITED project began, it is going strong with the 3rd entrepreneurship class underway!

We were thrilled to be present and to participate in the 2nd class of nineteen women graduating from the LIVING WELL program in Montería. (CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO) We praise God for the 40 women who have successfully completed these four-month entrepreneurship courses, learning the skills of producing, marketing, and selling 10 different types of empanadas. Below are some of the women with their empanadas, celebrating their graduation.

The Advocacy for Victims of Abuse trainings are an integral part of this project, sharing important themes including: Self-esteem, Identifying different types of abuse and the Resolution of conflict in abuse and assault cases. This project also includes the formation of community savings groups. The member of these groups learn the principles of saving, borrowing, investing, and establishing sound financial strategies and habits for life. Thanks to the Hands with Hope leaders who are transferring lessons learned from their partnership with AGAPE – Opportunity International. The photo below shows one of the first savings groups.

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