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All Programs

Micro-Loan Program

Lori Connell

Maria "The Tortilla Lady"  One of our first micro-loan recipients in 2002. You can read her story in our "Real Stories" section.

Maria "The Tortilla Lady"  One of our first micro-loan recipients in 2002. You can read her story in our "Real Stories" section.

Mi Esperanza began as a micro-loan organization in 2002.  Since then our model has changed, but 14 years later we still make financial opportunity available to women in poverty.  

Currently we offer our micro-loan bank to Mi Esperanza graduates.  After completing a Mi Esperanza skills training course our women can apply for a micro-loan to begin her own business. This may take the form of a small barrio beauty salon, sewing business, or a village store.  

The cost of funding a micro-loan is $250.00.  You can make a donation specifically to this program in the donate area of this website.

To read about women who have benefited from our program visit out "real stories" section of our website.

Computer School

Lori Connell

Graduation Summer 2015

Graduation Summer 2015

Our computer school is a 6 month program that teaches the Micro Soft office package. The women learn all programs and are required to give a report or presentation on all sections. The women who participate in our computer school vary from teens to seniors and their desire for the course is just as varied.  We love that our program can be an educational bridge for girls who are still participating in public education but not receiving the computer training they will need to continue to university.  

Our computer program is taught by Mariela Varela who holds a degree in computer sciences.  You can read her full bio in our staff section.  

The cost to fund a computer student is $300.00.  You can make a donation specific to this program in the donate area  of this website.

To read about women who have benefited from our program visit out "real stories" section of our website.

Cosmetology School

Lori Connell

The Mi Esperanza Cosmetology School is an eight month program that teaches entry level skill in hair cutting, hair color, wash and styling, manicures tradition and shellac, acrylic nails, facials and massage.  Each student is required to secure a six week internship in a local salon to complete her course work. Many students are offered jobs from their salon owner upon completion.  

Color class 2016

Color class 2016

Our cosmetology course is taught by Paola Martinez, a 2009 Mi Esperanza graduate.  She joined the Mi Esperanza team in 2011.  Since her graduation Paola has opened 2 salons and employs Mi Esperanza graduates at both locations.  You can read Paola's full bio in our staff section.  

The cost to fund a cosmetology student is $500.00.  You can make a donation specific to this program in the donate area of this website. 

To read about women who have benefited from our program visit out "real stories" section of our website.

Jewelry School

Lori Connell

The Mi Esperanza jewelry school began in 2012 when Julie Lawson, an Orlando based jewelry designer began designing jewelry for the Mi Esperanza brand.  Julie brought on 3 women that she taught skills specific to the pieces of jewelry she designing for Mi Esperanza.  This has continued to be the model for our jewelry program.  Currently there are 8 full time jewelry artisans that are growing their skills through work in our Jewelry studio.  

In the summer of 2016 we held our first Jewelry 101 for a group of young girls from a girls home in Tegucigalpa and one young women who is from a street ministry with the goal to give them a trade skill they can use to obtain work or start a small business.  We plan to continue jewelry 101 with more advanced skills and offer it to more women.  

The cost of education a women through the jewelry program is $250.00.  You can make a donation specific to this program in the donate area  of this website.

To read about women who have benefited from our program visit out "real stories" section of our website.

 

Sewing School

Joel Steidl

City center sewing classroom 

City center sewing classroom 

Mi Esperanza currently has 2 sewing schools and our classes are free to the women who enroll.   One class is at our city center and one is a satellite class that moves from community to community, studying approx. 18 months to 3 years.  Our satellite course serves the many women who can not leave their communities for a variety of reasons and provides an educational opportunity close to home.   

Our sewing school offers 3 levels of skill training and the women are free to decide how many levels they would like to complete.  Depending on the number of levels they choose they are with us between 18 months to 3 years.  They learn to operate manual and electric machines as well as sergers.  The women learn pattern making, and all varieties of clothing including uniforms which is a huge benefit to all families.  

The women who graduate from our program do a variety of things from sewing in their homes, working in maquilas, working in tailor shops, and some work for Mi Esperanza.  Our graduates have the opportunity to apply to our micro-loan program to start their own business.  

The cost to fund a sewing student is $500.00.  You can make a donation specific to this program in the donate area  of this website.

To read about women who have benefited from our program visit out "real stories" section of our website.