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In Her Own Words-Amy Cashio

Journal

In Her Own Words-Amy Cashio

Lori Connell

Amy and Honduran friends

Amy and Honduran friends

I was exposed to ministries taking place in Honduras beginning in 2000.  While in Honduras I learned about Mi Esperanza and became intrigued with their approach of providing education and skill building to many women and girls with the purpose of helping them become self-sufficient.  I saw that, after participating in the Mi Esperanza programs, many women were able to create a better life for themselves and their families.

I strongly believe that by establishing hope in one generation, this hope will be passed to subsequent generations.  Education is something that can be given easily but cannot be taken away.  I believe in Mi Esperanza because it provides real hope for many women in Honduras and actually breaks the poverty cycle. 

With my firsthand exposure to the impact that Mi Esperanza is making, I accepted my board position and currently serve as Treasurer.  As Treasurer, I am keenly aware of the success of the organization as well as the financial reality that the ministry faces.  I encourage all of those interested and able, to take a look at Mi Esperanza and invest in the future of these women in Honduras.  Your contribution will bring hope and help to break the cycle of poverty in Honduras.  Mi Esperanza has a long-term goal that it will establish hope that will be passed through generations and we want you to be a part of it.

Paola (left) and one of her graduates

Paola (left) and one of her graduates

One of my favorite Mi Esperanza success stories, as I have had the privilege of getting to know this woman myself, is that of Paola Martinez.  Paola was in the top of her class while in the Mi Esperanza program.  Since graduating in 2009, Paola first opened a beauty business in her home.  She had a goal after finishing the program, to open a salon in the city which she would call PAHO-PAHO.  She later achieved this goal in 2013 and has been working hard to further her education through advanced courses.  In 2012, Paola joined the Mi Esperanza staff and is currently a beauty instructor.  She balances her time between teaching and her thriving salon business.  Paola is a wonderful example for Mi Esperanza participants and loves giving back to the program that first gave her hope and a chance for a better life.

On our website there are so many more stories like these, where real women have experienced real hope and been equipped to direct their own futures because of people like you investing in their education and training.  Education and learning are something I believe perpetuates itself into greater opportunities and greater learning.  I hope that Mi Esperanza will continue to be a catalyst that lifts many women out of poverty and sets their families on a better course for years to come.  Thank you for your interest. 

Amy