We trained 200 Pro Mujer clients from all over Mexico to strengthen their leadership skills and promote women's empowerment.
The total number of women who attended the leadership training.
Estimated girls & women affected
The 200 trained clients are now leaders in their communities and are encouraging other women.
Estimated community members affected
A group of 200 Pro Mujer clients from all over Mexico participated in a day of training to strengthen their leadership skills and promoted women's empowerment. They were also recognized for their success. The day consisted of various workshops and activities which kept clients engaged and motivated throughout the day.
"Today we have a unique commitment and that is attaining success," - Irma Salas Paz, Pro Mujer Pachuca.
Risks and challenges
Some of our Pro Mujer clients expressed concerns about not being selected for this leadership project.
What we’ve learned
As a result of the leadership training, our clients were more motivated to continue with their loans and were more motivated to participate in the duties of the community associations. Overall, clients are more confident and united as a group. They are now ready to be leaders in training their peers.
This event was very successful. It will now take place every year to train a new group of Pro Mujer clients.
The proposed budget of $25,000 was spent on the training, transportation, lodging, food and beverages, training venue, training materials, trainers and support staff.
Amount spent so far
Transportation for 200 women
Lodging for 40 women
Food and beverages
2 trainers and 30 support staff
Client leaders replicate their empowerment skills
The goal of the event was to recognize and strengthen the leadership skills of Pro Mujer's client leaders. 200 Pro Mujer's client leaders participated to promote leadership activities and women's empowerment. These client leaders have implemented more and better skills in the field since then, potentially reaching 30,000 Pro Mujer's clients across Mexico.
Some of the changes observed in the clients reached are:
- Clients felt more motivated to continue with their loans and to share responsibility and assistance with their peers.
- Clients promote better responsibility and organization within the Communal Banks.
- Clients create better unity within the group.
- Clients appear more confident.
- Clients are more motivated to participate in the duties of the community associations.
- Clients motivate members of their community associations and other groups to continue working with Pro Mujer.
- Client's loyalty towards the institution is reinforced.
- Clients enjoy Pro Mujer's events and felt motivated to return to a subsequent events.
Risks and challenges
One risk Pro Mujer encountered is the dissatisfaction among clients who were not selected for this leadership project and feeling excluded. Some women expressed concerns about the selection process.
"The achievement of your dreams enriches my spirit," - Claudia Aracely Lopez Flores, Pro Mujer Ocotlán. "Today we have a unique commitment and that is attaining success," Irma Salas Paz, Pro Mujer Pachuca.
Pro Mujer intends to organize this event for client leaders periodically to stregthen the Pro Mujer's community associations across Mexico and generate interest among prospective new women clients.
Help Pro Mujer peer leaders in Mexico learn vital group management skills, financial literacy, and preventive healthcare information.
Why we care: Many women living in impoverished communities have a low status in their homes and communities—suffering domestic abuse, facing harassment, and earning less than men.
How we are solving this: Train clients to be peer leaders and facilitators of vital information, so women have the information and tools to transform themselves into powerful agents of change in the cycle of poverty.
Pro Mujer provides courageous and hardworking women living in impoverished communities across Latin America with access to a holistic suite of financial, health and human development services. These include an integrated package of small loans, savings and insurance services; business, vocational, life skills and empowerment training; and high-quality, low-cost primary health care.
At Pro Mujer centers, clients feel safe and comfortable and have a social space and the support of peers and, especially, peer leaders. Peer leaders are trained in leading and facilitating groups and are provided specialized training to deepen their understanding of women’s empowerment, financial literacy and preventive healthcare topics. This project will provide a full-day advanced training for 200 women clients who serve as leaders among their peers at Pro Mujer centers across Mexico.
Better-trained peer leaders will be able to help reach an estimated 35,000 clients in 25 Pro Mujer centers across Mexico and will help ignite a transformation in each woman’s perception of her own value, which results in behavioral changes that help her overcome obstacles.
Luisa Daniel Pérez – who tells her inspirational story in this video - is a shining example of this transformation.