Music. 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.
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.
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).
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.
Last week we talked about the state of early education through high-school in El Salvador. This week, we are bringing you a guest post from Michelle Leach at the non-profit Bridging International Communities (BIC) to bring some insight into university education. BIC has worked since 2005 in rural communities in El Salvador, and is helping to bring a different perspective on life in El Salvador to the Programa Velasco blog.
From the moment I started thinking about childcare in El Salvador, I knew I wanted my son Camilo to go to Centro Hogar in San Ramón. I had been living in El Salvador for nearly a decade and my wanderings always managed to overlap with the work of ANADES and their child development centers.
- Learning from the Miller Center October 21, 2019
- Celina turned her passion into a business! October 14, 2019
- PV board in El Salvador: Elizabeth’s reflection October 10, 2019
- Geoffrey’s reflection about his visit to El Salvador September 19, 2019
- PV board in El Salvador: Jenn’s reflection September 18, 2019