In Guatemala, Mariela revisits her business model and finds a new way to support her family through the pandemic with Trickle Up’s small business support to forge resilient pathways out of poverty.
"I think that we women are strong. We're independent, even though we don't always show it. Sometimes we prefer to have another person to guide us, regardless of whether it's a father, mother, husband, or sibling. But I believe that women have that sense, that feeling, that they can. And we shouldn't let them tell us 'We can't do it.' Instead, we think, 'Of course I can.' For me, an ideal world would be one where women can express themselves and they'd be free to be who they want and no one's opinion is necessary for us to feel good. That is my dream." ‒ Ileana Anaid Sulub Cab
Ileana participated in the Empowering Women and Youth Through Graduation and Financial Inclusion project funded by MetLife Foundation.
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On IWD we commemorated women’s agency and resilience. And we discussed what’s next at the intersection of gender & poverty alleviation with a panel of experts.
One savings group in Chiapas, Mexico, is a source of advice, support, friendship, and strength, leaving members feeling united and motivated.