Raising Women’s Voices
Poverty affects both men and women. But when it comes to securing a bright future, women face more challenges.
Women are often expected to manage their households. That includes raising children, cooking, getting water and other daily tasks. But too often they do not have the resources they need to succeed. They are less likely to be able to finish school or build careers. Their rights are less likely to be upheld.
Through CWS programs around the world, women are rising to meet these challenges. They are going to school and learning to read and write. They are building businesses and expanding enterprises. They are putting food on the table and providing for their children.
When women rise, they take their families and their communities with them. And we're here to help them as they do it.
Turning the Page for Roma Women
Josefa and Rosa’s Initiative Helps 490 Families
Before the sun has shown its first rays of the day in la Pista village, Josefa Pérez is already awake praying. “I ask for the harvest to increase, that this year we have more crops,” says Josefa. That’s why the first thing she does after preparing breakfast and cleaning the house is see her crops of peas, cabbage, broccoli and …
Catarina and Juana: Two women Committed to Their Families and Their Community
Catarina Juarez De Leon and Juana Lopez Garcia are local promoters in a CWS-supported food security and nutrition project in Maya Mam communities in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. A total of 490 families participate. Catarina is a brave single mother who struggles to raise her daughters Luci and Imelda. She completed her primary studies and has been working as a promoter for …
Catching Up With an Old Friend in Georgia
“I live in the village of Kheta in the western part of Georgia,” says Tamar Chumburidze. “I am a mother of three and have two grandchildren. We all live together and our main source of income is a small plot of land where we grow [bay] laurel trees, vegetables and fruit for sale. The income we make is hardly enough …