Bolivia, the birthplace of Pro Mujer in 1990, is our oldest, most robust operation, offering coverage throughout the entire country and serving more than 120,000 clients annually.
Staying true to our belief that education is key to success, we deliver training initiatives on financial best practices, responsible borrowing, healthy habits and oral hygiene; thus providing the women we serve with powerful tools for personal and professional growth.
In the fourth quarter of 2018, Pro Mujer officially expanded into Guatemala. This decision was borne of careful research. We looked at data to understand where the need was greatest across multiple categories, such as health, educational level, physical security, financial inclusion, and gender equality. This initial evaluation pointed to the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador) as among the most difficult countries for women in the region.
We are working with strong local partners in Guatemala to build new centers or amplify their existing offerings. Together, we are delivering much-needed services and resources to women and youth, including leadership training, financial literacy, sexual and reproductive health education, digital literacy, as well as entrepreneurial and workforce development skills.
In 2001, Pro Mujer began its Mexico operations in Tula, in the state of Hidalgo. Tula’s sizeable indigenous population is largely isolated from mainstream development, and its low-income women have historically lacked access to credit and business training.
Today, Pro Mujer’s operations in Mexico serve over 45,000 women annually. Our services include financial literacy workshops that cover the fundamentals of saving, budgeting, personal finances, and maintaining a healthy credit score. In addition, all Pro Mujer women in Mexico have access to nurses who provide basic health screenings at our Service Centers.
The majority of the women we serve in Nicaragua live in remote, rural areas and Pro Mujer asesores (client advisors) must navigate dusty roads by motorcycle to deliver services closer to our clients’ homes and businesses. Pro Mujer Service Centers in Nicaragua are our largest centers. Each location has the capacity to serve up to 8,000 clients and covers vast geographic regions.
Nicaragua suffers from the highest cervical cancer mortality rate of any country in the Americas. Attending to this overwhelming public health concern, Pro Mujer has provided nearly 22,500 cervical cancer screenings in the last two years.
Pro Mujer in Peru began operations in 1999 in Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca by building upon the knowledge and lessons learned in Bolivia and Nicaragua.
We are fueling life-changing transformations in Peru. Our health services have become a cornerstone of our women’s development program with more than 300,000 screenings, consultations, and counseling sessions in the last two years. Meanwhile, mobile clinics continue to be vital in reaching clients and their families living in remote areas.