VGIF provides grants globally to fund locally generated projects
that advance the rights of women and girls.
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52 years old
Fundación Proyecto Solar para Mujeres Nicaraguenses (FUPROSOMUNIC), Nicaragua
Founder and General Coordinator
“My experience working with bio-intensive organic gardens has been fantastic! I’m even a beneficiary of VGIF as I am implementing the gardens in my own farm, which will make a big difference in improving my quality of life and involvement with other women and families to build a more dignified life and justice,” says Maria.
Maria has been working with solar energy since establishing FUPROSOMUNIC in 2004. She has “work[ed] with over 825 Nicaraguan families, in order to provide low-cost solar ovens and other sustainable environmental technology in rural impoverished areas.”
FUPROSOMUNIC’s 2015 VGIF-funded project increased the food security of women and their families by constructing bio-intensive gardens and by training 14 women community leaders in sustainable gardening techniques. After obtaining the training, these leaders shared their knowledge with other women in the communities.
Maria says, “with bio-intensive organic gardens we have realized the great need for opportunities of women and girls. So I say infinitely thank you VGIF for supporting us with starting the organic garden with these women leaders. We hope they will be replicating in the future.”
El Pozo de Vida, a 2014 grantee and 2015-2018 multi-year grantee, works with migrants detained in Mexico City and Monterrey. Their current project, Dreams, provides women in detention centers with information on their rights, risk prevention, and asylum processes in Mexico. They also provide trainings to develop micro-business skills and emotional support via weekly visits and art-therapy sessions. Trainings for International Detention Center employees on identifying and reporting human trafficking victims are also an important part of the project’s fulfilment.
In the video below we see Marisol, a migrant from Honduras, partaking in their economic empowerment program for women released from detention centers. This program is meant to provide women with skills to build a life in Mexico if granted asylum.