Participants

 

JENNYFER OROZCO
Age: 20

After finishing high school I was never able to get a formal job or continue studying because of my economic situation. One day Meybell and Silvia, who coordinate EEP, were going house to house promoting the project. After speaking to them I realised it seemed like a good opportunity to continue studying as they offer scholarships which allow women like me to contribute financially in our homes.

The program is fabulous, very dynamic and we have learnt a lot, especially from the psychologist’s talks: we have learnt about anger management, to value ourselves as women and how to have a respectful relationship with our partners. Everything I have learnt I have put into practice with my family, my partner supports me and the roles of the house have changed.

From a young age journalism, social communication and nursing have appealed to me. Once the project is completed I hope to get a permanent job and start studying at university on Saturdays.


JUDITH INCER
Age: 32

Previously I was a housewife. I found out about the project through my husband’s niece who told me that they were looking for unemplyed women and that they helped and supported them and that he should come and ask for more information.

When I realised I wanted to do the project I was afraid that my husband would leave me but after talking to him he told me that if I wanted to get ahead and look after myself I should take advantage of the opporutnity. Once I started the program I thought it was excellent because the first thing they do is help you to feel good about yourself and make you feel worthy to be a woman.

My relationship with my family has changed since I’ve been in the program and it has helped a lot with my well being. My partner can be very authoritative at times but now I tell him that he shouldn’t behave like that, that we should respect each other and that he can’t just boss me around all the time. Things are getting better little by little.

I have learnt new skills in crafts, I have discovered skills and patience that I didn’t know I had before.  The psychological workshops have helped me to see different things, to feel useful, to know what my purpose is and to raise my self-esteem.

When I was little I said that I was going to get a degree in English and that I was going to be succesfull, it was all an illusion, but now after finshing the program I can see myself getting a job, earning my own money and becoming independent. I will be able to give my son the support he needs and finally be happy.


Katiuska Hernandez
Age: 23

I used to spend all my time in the house with my 4 year old daughter doing the chores. One day my neighbour, Aracelly, who participated in the program last year and now works in the Chureca Chic store,  told me about the program and how it would benefit me, so here I am today. Since starting the program my life has changed, I am so grateful for the support I recieve from my mother and my husband who help care for my child.

Since telling my husband about the opportunity he has been very happy because there are not many opportunities for women to progress in their professional lives. One of the workshops I enjoyed the most was the one on gender equality because we learnt about domestic violence in our society, fortunately I have always maintained good communication with my husband and I always tell him everything I learn in the programe.

The project has helped me to realize everything that we are capable of as women and that we can achieve goals that we never imagined achieving.  Sometimes life gets in the way and we can’t move forward, this opportunity has been the push that I needed.


MERCEDES RIVERA
Age: 32

I used to work in a factory, then I became a typical housewife, cleaning, cooking, getting the children ready, and taking them to school. After hearing about EEP I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get out of my routine, I had spent six months doing the same thing every day, I was feeling a little frustrated. When I first started the project I needed the support of my mom to take care of my little boy but then my mom got sick so I had to leave to give her constant care but she insisted that I continue. At first I found it hard to adapt to the program but now I love it, it is very motivating and it teaches me a lot. It’s helped me to improve my temprement, my relationship with my son and now I have less arguments at home with my mom. My character has changed a lot, I used to be very uptight and somewhat hateful but now I feel much more at peace with myself.


BELKIS SUOAZO
Age: 22

Before starting the programe I used to help my mom with the house chores while she was looking for work.  I was very nervous at the beginning because I didn’t know what to expect but with time I started to like it more and more. I have now developed several skills and I have been perfecting new craft techniques.

I am very shy so public speaking makes me really nervous, but the workshops with Professor Belinda have helped me to overcome this, I thank the program for this window of opportunity, it has been a huge step for me, and it has given me the strength to persist and succeed.

 


Candida Reyes
Age: 29

I used to wash clothes for others and take care of my children. I was so nervous at the beginning of this experience because it was something out of my comfort zone but the most important thing before changes like this is to commit to 100% because the beginnings will be hard, but the one who follows it gets it. The important thing is to persevere and be aware that if things do not work as you had thought, there will always be more opportunities. That is the best thing to start something new, you start to meet new people and you open possibilities that you never considered. The program is so complete that one first begins to see change in oneself, in attitudes and begins to change your perspective of life.


Roxanna Rios
Age: 21 

I was working half time in a dining room, as a kitchen assistant and part time in a beauty salon, doing nails. I was frustrated, worked too many hours for a minimum wage. Deciding to leave both jobs to enter EEP since I saw that in the long run was my best option. In my case my passion has always been to do nails and what motivated me most of the program are all the new artistic skills that teach us to develop and I have proposed to have my own business, with the flexibility and freedom that supposes and I know when I will not have any regrets because I was exactly what I wanted and I would have shown myself that I could.


Aracelly Lopez
Age: 22

I used to work for myself doing crafts in my house, that’s why EEP caught my attention, since my childhood I have always had a passion for making things, above all making jewelry. I was surprised when I learnt more about the complete program, I thought we were only going to be doing crafts, I did not expect the psychosocial talks or the IT classes, I have never had the opportunity to receive classes like these before. I have seen changes in the way that I communicate with my partner, and how I talk to my son. EEP teaches us how to handle money, I already have my savings account and my goal is to save enough money to be able to go back to Puerto Cabezas where my family live and to start my own business there.


Heydi Obando
Age: 32

In 2004 I worked in a factory and after that It was really hard to find another job. I ended up  staying at home looking after the house. I did the chores, took the children to school, made them lunch, helped them to do their homework, did the laundry, cleaned the house, it was the same monotonous routine every day. That’s why I was interested in the scholarship given by EEP because I wanted to take the time to learn new things and develop new skills. I told myself this is the opportunity to see what I can accomplish as a woman.

Here we have been preparing for the world of work as well as learning what it means to be a woman, a mother and a wife, as much of the time we are not aware of our own strengths.

One of my biggest regrets is not getting to finish my secondary education and not getting a degree at university because of my economic situation, where I was raised this is very common. So by the end of the program I hope to have a permanent job so I can save money to buy my own home and my own life insurance. My main motivation is to give my children a good future and achieve my own goals. If I could I would say to my 11-year-old self don’t Ioose motivation and work hard for what you want.


Ivania Reyes
Age: 29

My dream since I was a little girl was to be a teacher but because of the things I saw, I was not given the opportunity, I got married young and dedicated to raise my daughters. At first my husband was a bit scared because he did not understand very well what the program consisted of but now that he saw it as a way to get ahead together, they always support me. Since starting the program one of the biggest changes has been in myself, I no longer have that fear or insecurity in doing things

I was very excited to start something new, totally different from what I was used to until now, but at first the fear paralyzed me. It was probably a mixture of things: to fail, not to live up to, to repent, to the criticism of others. But if you focus on fear you will never get out of there. The important thing is not to overcome the fear but to go ahead in spite of him, because the fear will always be there.


Zeidy Salazar
Age: 23Nicaraguan

One day I heard a knock at my door and I was greeted by two programme coordinators of a social project called EEP. They explained that they were looking for women who wanted to take part, I could not pass up the opportunity because in addition to learning new skills I was going to recieve a scholarship. This reason was enough to convince me because I had never been paid to study nor given the opportunity of someone helping me find a permanent job.

Where I have seen changes is in the relationship I have with my sons, I’m much more patient, especially with my eldest son who is the most rebellious, I{m more tolerant with him and now I talk to him rather than giving him physical punishment.


Jahayra Jackson
Age: 19

When I was invited to participate in the program, I took it as a personal challenge since everything was unknown to me, I was very shy but I have come to create good relationships with my partner which made me adapt easily.

For me it is very important to share everything I learn with my partner, and I have seen how since I started the program has strengthened the relationship we have, now there is a better communication and I feel that I have awakened, not only me, also my partners, before we were afraid to speak and now we question that custom that they teach you from the house to follow the orders of the husband.


Noemi Gutierrez
Age: 23

What do you do with EEP: I am working on the project “Give a voice to the voiceless” in order to tell the stories of the participants of the EEP programme on a public platform, to highlight their lives and struggles.

Why did you decide to be Volunteer with EEP: I heard about EEP through their alliance with Raleigh Nicaragua, and am developing the project as my Action at Home exercise with Raleigh. I feel personally passionate about supporting a programme which empowers women and helps them to create sustainable change in their lives.


Mayra Roa
Age: 33

I had stopped working and was at home watching the child and to be sitting in the house, it is better to learn something more I thank the project because we have been given enough help

I did not know that I had the skill for the crafts and here I came to develop in the psychosocial workshops I learned how to treat my daughter and being a single mom my goal is to move my daughter forward so that she has more opportunities than me I have been given not finish my baccalaureate and poyar my parents economically


Jessica Cortez
Age: 23

What do you do with EEP: I am working on the project “Give a voice to the voiceless” in order to tell the stories of the participants of the EEP programme on a public platform, to highlight their lives and struggles.

Why did you decide to be Volunteer with EEP: I heard about EEP through their alliance with Raleigh Nicaragua, and am developing the project as my Action at Home exercise with Raleigh. I feel personally passionate about supporting a programme which empowers women and helps them to create sustainable change in their lives.


Marbeli Vargas
Age: 23
Nicaraguan

What do you do with EEP: I am working on the project “Give a voice to the voiceless” in order to tell the stories of the participants of the EEP programme on a public platform, to highlight their lives and struggles.

Why did you decide to be Volunteer with EEP: I heard about EEP through their alliance with Raleigh Nicaragua, and am developing the project as my Action at Home exercise with Raleigh. I feel personally passionate about supporting a programme which empowers women and helps them to create sustainable change in their lives.


Pricila Pavon
Age: 23
Nicaraguan

What do you do with EEP: I am working on the project “Give a voice to the voiceless” in order to tell the stories of the participants of the EEP programme on a public platform, to highlight their lives and struggles.

Why did you decide to be Volunteer with EEP: I heard about EEP through their alliance with Raleigh Nicaragua, and am developing the project as my Action at Home exercise with Raleigh. I feel personally passionate about supporting a programme which empowers women and helps them to create sustainable change in their lives.


Madeline Trewin
Age: 23
Nicaraguan

What do you do with EEP: I am working on the project “Give a voice to the voiceless” in order to tell the stories of the participants of the EEP programme on a public platform, to highlight their lives and struggles.

Why did you decide to be Volunteer with EEP: I heard about EEP through their alliance with Raleigh Nicaragua, and am developing the project as my Action at Home exercise with Raleigh. I feel personally passionate about supporting a programme which empowers women and helps them to create sustainable change in their lives.


Claudia Roa
Age: 23
Nicaraguan

What do you do with EEP: I am working on the project “Give a voice to the voiceless” in order to tell the stories of the participants of the EEP programme on a public platform, to highlight their lives and struggles.

Why did you decide to be Volunteer with EEP: I heard about EEP through their alliance with Raleigh Nicaragua, and am developing the project as my Action at Home exercise with Raleigh. I feel personally passionate about supporting a programme which empowers women and helps them to create sustainable change in their lives.


ALICIA RIZO
Age: 23
Nicaraguan

What do you do with EEP: I am working on the project “Give a voice to the voiceless” in order to tell the stories of the participants of the EEP programme on a public platform, to highlight their lives and struggles.

Why did you decide to be Volunteer with EEP: I heard about EEP through their alliance with Raleigh Nicaragua, and am developing the project as my Action at Home exercise with Raleigh. I feel personally passionate about supporting a programme which empowers women and helps them to create sustainable change in their lives.


ALICIA RIZO
Age: 23
Nicaraguan

What do you do with EEP: I am working on the project “Give a voice to the voiceless” in order to tell the stories of the participants of the EEP programme on a public platform, to highlight their lives and struggles.

Why did you decide to be Volunteer with EEP: I heard about EEP through their alliance with Raleigh Nicaragua, and am developing the project as my Action at Home exercise with Raleigh. I feel personally passionate about supporting a programme which empowers women and helps them to create sustainable change in their lives.


ALICIA RIZO
Age: 23
Nicaraguan

What do you do with EEP: I am working on the project “Give a voice to the voiceless” in order to tell the stories of the participants of the EEP programme on a public platform, to highlight their lives and struggles.

Why did you decide to be Volunteer with EEP: I heard about EEP through their alliance with Raleigh Nicaragua, and am developing the project as my Action at Home exercise with Raleigh. I feel personally passionate about supporting a programme which empowers women and helps them to create sustainable change in their lives.


ALICIA RIZO
Age: 23
Nicaraguan

What do you do with EEP: I am working on the project “Give a voice to the voiceless” in order to tell the stories of the participants of the EEP programme on a public platform, to highlight their lives and struggles.

Why did you decide to be Volunteer with EEP: I heard about EEP through their alliance with Raleigh Nicaragua, and am developing the project as my Action at Home exercise with Raleigh. I feel personally passionate about supporting a programme which empowers women and helps them to create sustainable change in their lives.


ALICIA RIZO
Age: 23
Nicaraguan

What do you do with EEP: I am working on the project “Give a voice to the voiceless” in order to tell the stories of the participants of the EEP programme on a public platform, to highlight their lives and struggles.

Why did you decide to be Volunteer with EEP: I heard about EEP through their alliance with Raleigh Nicaragua, and am developing the project as my Action at Home exercise with Raleigh. I feel personally passionate about supporting a programme which empowers women and helps them to create sustainable change in their lives.


ALICIA RIZO
Age: 23
Nicaraguan

What do you do with EEP: I am working on the project “Give a voice to the voiceless” in order to tell the stories of the participants of the EEP programme on a public platform, to highlight their lives and struggles.

Why did you decide to be Volunteer with EEP: I heard about EEP through their alliance with Raleigh Nicaragua, and am developing the project as my Action at Home exercise with Raleigh. I feel personally passionate about supporting a programme which empowers women and helps them to create sustainable change in their lives.


ALICIA RIZO
Age: 23
Nicaraguan

What do you do with EEP: I am working on the project “Give a voice to the voiceless” in order to tell the stories of the participants of the EEP programme on a public platform, to highlight their lives and struggles.

Why did you decide to be Volunteer with EEP: I heard about EEP through their alliance with Raleigh Nicaragua, and am developing the project as my Action at Home exercise with Raleigh. I feel personally passionate about supporting a programme which empowers women and helps them to create sustainable change in their lives.


ALICIA RIZO
Age: 23
Nicaraguan

What do you do with EEP: I am working on the project “Give a voice to the voiceless” in order to tell the stories of the participants of the EEP programme on a public platform, to highlight their lives and struggles.

Why did you decide to be Volunteer with EEP: I heard about EEP through their alliance with Raleigh Nicaragua, and am developing the project as my Action at Home exercise with Raleigh. I feel personally passionate about supporting a programme which empowers women and helps them to create sustainable change in their lives.


ALICIA RIZO
Age: 23
Nicaraguan

What do you do with EEP: I am working on the project “Give a voice to the voiceless” in order to tell the stories of the participants of the EEP programme on a public platform, to highlight their lives and struggles.

Why did you decide to be Volunteer with EEP: I heard about EEP through their alliance with Raleigh Nicaragua, and am developing the project as my Action at Home exercise with Raleigh. I feel personally passionate about supporting a programme which empowers women and helps them to create sustainable change in their lives.


ALICIA RIZO
Age: 23
Nicaraguan

What do you do with EEP: I am working on the project “Give a voice to the voiceless” in order to tell the stories of the participants of the EEP programme on a public platform, to highlight their lives and struggles.

Why did you decide to be Volunteer with EEP: I heard about EEP through their alliance with Raleigh Nicaragua, and am developing the project as my Action at Home exercise with Raleigh. I feel personally passionate about supporting a programme which empowers women and helps them to create sustainable change in their lives.