In Sara's words.
I met Lori, Mark and Janet in 2007 when they were announcing the Mi Esperanza courses in Nueva Oriental. I heard Mi Esperanza was offering Computer, Cosmetology and Sewing class to women of low income. I was really interested in the sewing course and I decided to take it immediately. The next year after I graduated my husband died, when Mi Esperanza found out about my husband, they called me to offered me a current job that was available at Mi Esperanza, which I happily accepted. I feel good to be part of their team. I started working from Monday-Thursday, but thank God we have had so many new projects that I work Monday-Friday now.
Sara at a glance
- Age: 54
- Marital Status: Not Married
- Children: 3
- Community: Nueva Oriental
- Mi Esperanza Course: Sewing and the Mi Esperanza maquila
I have had many good experiences working with Liz Alig making garments out of recycled t-shirts. I got to meet E.A and make her wedding dress, the groom's suit, bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen suits.
It is good to know that the products I make are sold in the states which mean we are growing rapidly as an organization, and the effort I do is not in vain. That is the reason I try to do better every day. I have also had the opportunity to participate in Mi Esperanza's micro-loan program.
In Honduras there are not many jobs available for women and that is why I thank God for Mi Esperanza for giving me the opportunity to be part of this wonderful project. I like the fact that there is not discrimination because of my age, but pure affection and motivation toward me from the staff. Through these seven years I have felt the emotional, economic and moral support. I feel at home every day that I work at Mi Esperanza.
I have had so many benefits and gifts from Mi Esperanza, I have received a sewing machine that I use to work at home sometimes, fabrics, school supplies and food, When my son had an accident he could barely walk and Lori gave me a pair of clutches for him, that was so nice of her. But the most important thing is that they gave me was the sewing course to learn how to sew. Because of it I am able to work for Mi Esperanza. I have skills now and I have a job that helps me provide for my family.