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Gender Lens Investing: A way to advance women's leadership in Latin America

By Natalia Wills, Country Representative at Pro Mujer Mexico Without gender equality, it won’t be possible to achieve sustainable development for humanity and our planet. This is why we need to double down on efforts and innovate to develop new mechanisms that accelerate closing gaps that disproportionately affect women. Gender lens investing is one way…
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Expanding health care access requires a gender perspective

By Marcos Lavandera, Global Health Innovation and Technology Coordinator Women’s leadership is essential in breaking down the barriers that exist around health care access and contributing to the development of Latin America. There is ample evidence that social structures as they currently exist are putting women at a disadvantage in numerous areas, including health care.…
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Technology and Innovation: Transforming and Empowering Women in Latin America

Jimena Barreras, Project Manager for Digital Transformation Technology plays an important role in closing digital gaps. It also increases women’s autonomy, strengthens their innate leadership, and above all, helps guarantee access to fundamental resources—such as health care and education—that can improve quality of life for women and their families. To create technologies with social impact,…
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Leading Together

Aura Estela Picado, Financial Services Manager in Nicaragua “Leading together” reminds me of Pro Mujer’s first slogan: Together, we can move forward. It has inspired me to join other women to change history. Together, we can take care of each other and be leaders to transform lives. That’s exactly what Pro Mujer means to me:…
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EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR COMMUNITIES LIVING IN REMOTE AREAS

Pro Mujer’s Community Health Workers (CHWs) program seeks to provide preventive care and education to communities in Bolivia’s most remote areas.  Judith Mita Paredes, one of Pro Mujer’s clients in Bolivia, lost her father and sister due to chronic diseases such as diabetes. This motivated her to become a community health worker to provide education…
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Driving Financial Inclusion in Latin America: Pro Mujer Earns Smart Campaign Certification in Nicaragua and Argentina

The Microfinanzas Rating, a certification program, has awarded the Client Protection Certification to Pro Mujer in Nicaragua and Argentina.    The Smart Campaign is a global initiative to ensure microfinance institutions deliver financial services and products safely and responsibly to low-income communities. Institutions that receive this certification meet adequate standards of client care and adhere to specific client protection principles.    “Pro Mujer is proud to receive this global certification since 2016 in Nicaragua and 2018 in Argentina.  For more than…
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'You can’t do it alone’- Learning from female entrepreneurs

LA CANA is a women-led business that provides jobs to incarcerated women in Mexico. As part of our series of blogs to highlight the impact gender lens investing has on our communities, here’s the story of Raquel and her business. LA CANA is part of New Ventures Mexico, a financial catalyst and Pro Mujer’s ally.…
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Gender Bias and the Challenges of Becoming a Female Entrepreneur

“Feeling scared about asking for financial help and concerned about not getting clients” is how Sofia Cruz del Rio described her first days after starting her own business, Tekiti, in Mexico. After seven challenging years, Tekiti has grown into a company that promotes Mexican culture in the hotel industry while supporting Mexican artisans who produce…
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Tod@s Por Ellas: Raising Breast Cancer Awareness in Latin America

Pro Mujer has joined forces with different organizations in Latin America to launch the Tod@s por Ellas campaign. With this initiative, we reinforce our commitment to advance health care for women by raising awareness and ensuring more women have access to preventive and treatment care. Tod@s por Ellas provides access to free virtual workshops on breast cancer prevention and treatment, while providing access to mammography tests for incarcerated women in Mexico.  The virtual workshops featuring medical experts and breast cancer…
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Pro Mujer and Toyosa S.A. have teamed up to help women entrepreneurs buy motorcycles to expand their businesses

During the pandemic, the demand of motorcycles has increased as they serve as public transportation and a work tool for many people in Bolivia. Pro Mujer, a women’s development organization and Toyosa, a vehicle importing company, have joined forces to help hundreds of women access a special credit to buy motorcycles. “We want to make this financial service available to all women especially…
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