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Achieving Autonomy Through Entrepreneurship

This is the story of Karla González, a Mexican entrepreneur and Pro Mujer client who used her entrepreneurial skills to accomplish her dreams and support both herself and her community. When she was 15 years old, Karla had to drop out of school and look for work to help support her family, eventually getting a…
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Pro Mujer Ranked Among Institutions with the Highest Portfolio Quality 

With  more  than  40,000  clients  spread  across  six  departments  in Nicaragua, Pro Mujer ranked highly on the list of microfinance institutions active in Central America and the Dominican Republic published by the Central American and Caribbean Microfinance Network.  Nedesna Yunieth, 38, is the president of  Renacer, a community group in Chinandega, Nicaragua organized by shopkeepers who…
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Providing Preventative Health Care to Women in Argentina

Pro Mujer and Mamotest join forces to provide access to affordable, rapid response mammograms to support early detection.   Pro Mujer and Mamotest, the first health femtech in Latin America, recently joined forces to provide mammograms to more than 3,000 women in Jujuy, a province in Argentina’s remote northwest. Both Pro Mujer and Mamotest use…
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INCARCERATED WOMEN IN MEXICO RECEIVE MAMMOGRAMS

Empowering women’s access to health care, no matter where they are. As part of the Tod@s por Ellas campaign to fight breast cancer, Pro Mujer worked with Voz MCM, Fundación Merced, La Cana, Proyecto de Reinserción Social AC, FUCAM AC, and AVON to donate 41 mammograms to incarcerated women in Mexico. In addition to providing women access to mammograms, the campaign also includes a Facebook…
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Microfinance During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Transitioning to an Online Model in Nicaragua

The COVID-19 pandemic has created countless challenges for women in Nicaragua, as many have lost their jobs or found themselves forced to close their businesses. At the same time, Pro Mujer has also struggled to continue to provide financial, capacity building, and healthcare services to our clients while protecting both our benefiacieries’ and our staff’s health and wellbeing.  To address this issue, we accelerated the digital transformation of many of…
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Pro Mujer Strengthens Existing Partnerships to Support More Women Entrepreneurs in Argentina

With continued support from the Fondo Nacional de Capital Social (the National Social Capital Fund, FONCAP), Pro Mujer has reaffirmed its commitment to women entrepreneurs in Argentina, particularly those that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Although the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to close her food stand in Salta, in Northern Argentina, Martina, who has been a Pro Mujer client for 10 years, refused to give up and was…
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Using Your Leadership Skills to Transform your Business

Here are some strategies that women entrepreneurs can use to face the challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  By Karla Gallardo, CEO of VIWALA  The COVID-19 pandemic has had an immediate and outsized impact on women entrepreneurs in Latin America. They are running a higher risk of having to close their businesses for prolonged periods of time, leading to a substantial decrease in and/or total loss of their…
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Pro Mujer, Deetken Impact, and USAID Launch the Ilu Toolbox to Promote Gender Equity in Companies

The Ilu Toolbox helps companies address internal gender gaps and can be used to promote and attract gender lens investing that generates both economic and social returns.  Pro Mujer, in collaboration with Deetken Impact, a Canadian impact asset manager, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), created and launched an interactive toolbox to help small and medium businesses in Latin America incorporate gender lens and improve…
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Pro Mujer and Acrux Partners Join Forces to Develop the Next generation of Gender Lens Investment opportunities and vehicles in Latin America

New York, Buenos Aires, London – June 7, 2021 Pro Mujer a mission-driven social enterprise focused on empowering women in Latin America, announced today that it is partnering with Acrux Partners, an impact investment advisory firm specialized in the development of financing solutions equitable development, to jointly develop the next generation of Gender Lens Investment…
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Deetken Impact and Pro Mujer receive US$1.3M from USAID to advance gender equality and promote gender smart practices in SMEs in Latin America

Deetken Impact and Pro Mujer receive US$1.3 million from USAID to augment the Ilu Women’s Empowerment Fund through three main components—incremental capital, technical assistance, and knowledge dissemination and advocacy. View the original press release here Vancouver, BC – Impact asset manager Deetken Impact and mission-driven social enterprise Pro Mujer today announce a partnership with USAID…
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