Carmen is a 33-years mother of 5 children. For many years she hasn’t heard nothing of their father, he just disappeared. She had a market stall of charcoal but the income was not enough for her family to live from, as she had to pay home rent, electricity and other home expenses. Then Carmen decided to make sweaters, dresses and aprons and try to start a new small business activity.

Thanks to the Financial Inclusion program she could buy a sewing machine and now she is attending dress-making classes at the Foundation Levántate Mujer. Her life is not easy but the women of her group support her to continue and not abandon her learning process. “I also learned that I have the right to decide over my own body, that our husbands can’t force relations. We are not objects; men should respect us”.

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