Who We Are

Our Unique History

Pro Mujer was founded in 1990 in El Alto, Bolivia, by two visionary leaders, Lynne Patterson and Carmen Velasco, who believed that given the right opportunities, women can become powerful agents of change.

From a pioneering experiment in micro-lending, Pro Mujer has become one of Latin America’s leading women’s development organizations. Our integrated approach offers access to finance, health and educational services. These are delivered in supportive social spaces that foster community building and equip them with education and tools to take on the challenges they face daily.

Our Vision

A Latin America where all women thrive.

Our Mission

To empower underserved women to realize their full potential.

Our Mandate

To become a large-scale sustainable platform that delivers relevant and transformative tools and resources to women in Latin America across their life cycle.

Our Team

Pro Mujer International is headquartered in New York City to support our operations in Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.

Our Country Directors lead our operations in the region, ensuring that we efficiently meet the diverse needs of our clients.


The Pro Mujer advisors have talked to us about many subjects, my favorites being values and self-esteem. I used to suffer from low self-esteem. When you depend on someone else, you have to do what the other person says. Today, that’s no longer the case. 

Maria Daysi Ramirez
Maria Daysi Ramirez

“Before, I used to get up in the morning and that would be it,” admits Sandra. Today, her occupation gives her a powerful reason to start the day. “I know I can help my children with what I do…I realize that I am doing something for me that’s made by me with my very own hands.”

Sandra Marcela Sánchez
Sandra Marcela Sánchez

Investing in women has a return that spans generations

Did you know? Women worldwide reinvest 90% of their income back into their families.