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Meet Sofia!

Sofia Alejandra3Sofia Alejandra is enjoying her first year at the Center in 2 year old pre-school. She will turn 3 next year in January! Sofia lives with her mom and is an only child. She loves to dance and paint. One thing she is learning how to do this year is share her toys. Sofia is observant and helpful in the classroom.

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Meet Glendy!

For the last two and a half years, we have had the privilege of learning from and working with Glendy Chacón Montalvo. Glendy has many attributes that inspire others around her – she is a warm and friendly person who always offers, very generously,  to go above and beyond to assist someone in need of help or take care of an issue. She is extremely dedicated to the needs of her son, husband, and extended family.

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Meet Alessandra!

AlessandraBlogIt’s time for another #MeetMeMonday! Alessandra Valentina is new to the Center this year and is in 2 year old pre-school. She will be turning 3 next year on February 17th! She lives with her mom and dad and has an older brother Anthony, who is in Kindergarten here.

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Meet Karen!

Our #WomenWednesdays feature article is on Karen Chacón Montalvo. Karen joined the Women’s Empowerment Project in 2016 after her sister Glendy, a second year participant, encouraged her to become involved. Karen and Glendy work together selling fruits and vegetables in the San Ramón community. Their mom and other sister, Gladys, work a different route. It’s truly a family affair! They purchase their inventory at the central market, divide up the items, and walk door to door.

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Meet Janis!

IMG 0402#MeetMeMonday this week has the pleasure of introducing you to Janis Hallie, a very smart 6-year-old who will be graduating from the Center this year! Janis recently had the starring role in the “Playing with the Animals” Festival as she narrated– from memory!– the under water story performed as a puppet show. 

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Meet Ana Cristina!

AnaCristina1Ana Cristina Escalante graduated from the Women’s Empowerment Program last year. She was well-known amongst the staff and other participants as hard-working, eager to collaborate, and one of the most talented cooks in the neighborhood!

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Meet Sara!

SaraBlogThis #MeetMeMonday we are introducing you to Sara Elizabeth, who has been enjoying her first year at the Center in 4 year old Pre-K. She is currently living with her mom and dad, and has two siblings. Her younger brother, Saul (2), is also at the Center in the youngest classroom of kids.

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Meet Isaura!

 isaura 11Isaura Ayala Fuentes is a fashionista and sells women’s clothing and accessories. She is also a second year participant in our Women’s Empowerment Project and the treasurer of the Savings and Lending Group.

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Meet Marcos!

MarcosBlogThis week, we have the pleasure of introducing you to Marcos Marcelo! Marcos is a returning student to the Center. He started out this year in 2 year old pre-school, but moved up to the 3 year old classroom when he turned 3 on May 6th!

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Meet Elvia Sofia!

 

ElviaBlogElvia is in kindergarten for her last year at the Center before heading off to first grade. She is currently 6 years old, and will be turning 7 on September 30th!

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Meet Blanca Estela!

While walking down the street, you can pick out which house is Blanca Estela’s from the delicious smell of the sweet bread! 

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Meet Michael!

MichaelBlogMichael, dressed as a strawberry above, is new to the Center this year in 2 year old pre-school. He is one of our youngest, as he just turned 2 on May 18th!

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Why Early Education?

Reading2Music. Story time. Dancing. Naps. It’s that time to learn letters and sounds, colors and shapes, numbers and counting, and of course, how to socialize, share, and make new friends. From an adult’s perspective, it sounds like an idyllic return to all the good and simple things in life.

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Meet Blanca Lisseth

We are happy to introduce you to Blanca Lisseth! She is in her second year of the Women’s Empowerment Project. She lives in a small one room home with her husband and four children. From there, Blanca Lisseth and her husband operate a family ice-cream business.

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Meet Elsa!

#WomenWednesdays

We’d like to introduce you today to Elsa Solís. Elsa is a second year participant in Programa Velasco’s Women’s Empowerment Project (WEP). She lives in a rented room with her teenage daughter, and from there she operates a business selling fresh fruit chopped up as snacks and producing typical Salvadoran foods such as empanadas and frozen jello-treats, which are very refreshing for El Salvador’s hot weather. After preparing for the day, Elsa sets out in the morning to sell her delicacies door-to-door in her neighborhood. Some of her best clients are the mechanics that work in auto-body shops throughout San Ramón.  

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Why we choose Savings and Lending Groups

There is often a lot of confusion between microcredit and savings and lending groups. The terms seem as if they offer the same approach to providing very low-income individuals with access to credit. Yet there are some key differences about leadership and savings expectations. We are in the process of helping facilitate a savings and lending group with some of our Women’s Empowerment Project graduates. They have named their group the New Dawn Women’s Collective (logo pictured to the left).

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Invest $1 and get back $8

We have referenced how influential and foundational early childhood development is in a person’s life. Childhood is a time when our brains are most apt to learn and develop. If a child’s environment is nurturing and supportive, a child can achieve great strides in language acquisition, social-emotional skills and problem-solving abilities. This period in life is also when adverse or traumatic experiences severely impact physical health later in life. For these reasons and others, childhood is a crucial time for society to ensure children and families have access to high quality development and education programs. Another value-added is that financially speaking, such programs and interventions are one of the best investments society can make. 

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