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Lori Connell

Mi Esperanza makes a BIG MOVE!

Founder Lori Connell, Cecila, Sonya and Maria working to renovate the new space.

Founder Lori Connell, Cecila, Sonya and Maria working to renovate the new space.

Out growing our training center Mi Esperanza moved into 4 rooms at a handicap rehabilitation center in Tegucigalpa.  The new center is centrally located near a large bus system drop, which makes it convenient for women all over the city.  After a lot of hard work of cleaning and repairs the new centers expanded size has provided a large work area for our sewing classroom and the sewing co-op.  The new space has plenty of room for more sewing machines and storage of fabric and supplies.  In the new computer class space we were able to expanded from 6 computer stations to 12 stations and the class is consistently full. 

In 2008 Gina Larios joined the staff as our office manager and administrative assistant.  Gina was formally the personal assistant to the First Lady of Honduras from the previous administration.  She is a very valuable addition to our team. 

The addition of the Piñata Making Class to our satellite program began in 2008.  It is a quick month long course that teaches a skill that has very low overhead to start a small home based business.  It is a class geared to a demographic of women who have no reading or writing skills.  The class is fun and lively and always very well attended!

In May of 2008 Founder Lori Connell move to Honduras with her husband Mark to live full time. Lori is overseeing day-to-day operation of the program and manages the Mi Esperanza staff.   As the program has continued to grow the need for a fulltime presence in Honduras had become a necessity. Lori and Mark’s lives passion is to serve those living in extreme poverty and count it a blessing to have this opportunity to live among the people of Honduras.