This is a guest post by Kat, a Mi Momento 2016 Counselor. Judging by her bright eyes and wild laugh I knew Doña Tina would be a … Continue reading Powerful Female Profile: Doña Tina of Achuapa’s Sesame Cooperative
One of my projects over the past few months has been teaching a business administration course at a local NGO, called Chinatlan. Through the course, I met Dona Edvina and her daughter Lesbia. Dona Edvina is basically the quintessential example of … Continue reading Women Breadwinners and Makers
In my site, I always walk past a set of colorful, quirky clay piggy banks of all sizes in the park. The artisan? Abigail. She’s a … Continue reading Women in Microfinance: Nicaragua
You asked, we investigated! Some volunteers wanted to hear suggestions or advice for working with counterparts of the opposite sex. We polled current volunteers from all sectors and here’s how volunteers responded in their own words… … Males PCVs with Female CPs … “I always hear comments or chisme about how I’m dating the profeI work with. When it’s kids from class I tell them that we just work together, but when it’s adults making jokes I laugh it off.” “I made a point to get to know my profes’ husbands and families. And also just co-plan at times and … Continue reading Counterpart relations across genders: Volunteers speak
According to their website Pro-Mujer is “una organización de desarrollo de la mujer que proporciona a las mujeres de bajos recursos de América Latina los medios para generarse el sustento y labrar de un futuro para sus familias a través de las microfinanzas, la capacitación en negocios y el apoyo en salud.”
As mentioned in the description, Pro-Mujer focuses on three fundamental pillars: micro-credit, workshops, and health. Concentrating on different areas of certain departments, Pro-Mujer works with groups of 10-15 socios (only 1 of which can be a male in each group) between the ages of 18 to 65 to have monthly meetings where the women receive or make loan payments and participate in workshops. These workshops are often topics of small business management, but can also be about healthy lifestyles, VIH/SIDA, etc.
Check out this NYTimes article about the ‘gender experiment’ Harvard Business School carried out with their class of 2013 students. From classroom participation and grades to tenured professors to social rituals and dating, the campaign manifested itself across campus, with varying degrees of acceptance and success… . “Harvard Business School Case Study: Gender Equity” Jodi Kantor http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/education/harvard-case-study-gender-equity.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 Continue reading Harvard Business School Gender experiment