(left) Yessy, a leader of La Nueva Esperanza in Ilobasco, El Salvador, shows off a school uniform produced by the sewing coop she organized after taking Co-partners-funded sewing classes.
Co-partners provides small grants to partner organizations for scholarships and training programs that are run by the partner organizations. Volunteers from Co-partners travel to El Salvador and to Chichicastenango, Guatemala from one to three times per year, for visits of one to two weeks, to consult with partners on how to improve and expand their organizations and programs, to conduct leadership training and to train local teachers of English. Ongoing support is provided by phone and email.
We partner with organizations of women from rural communities to provide accessible, low-cost classes and training programs: Rural residents, living in poverty, are isolated from educational and training institutions. The time demands of subsistence farming and the cost of transportation to urban areas make it extremely difficult for rural women and youth to access education and training. We provide classes at times and in locations requested by rural residents. In El Salvador dressmaking and tailoring classes have drawn women and girls to learn a complex skill that allows them to earn a living. Computer skills classes are attended by both women and youth.