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 organizations committed to the empowerment of women. Our integrated approach offers access to finance, health and educational services. These are delivered in supportive social spaces to foster community-building and equip our beneficiaries with the knowledge and tools to help them reach their full potential.

ABOUT OUR FOUNDING

Vision

A Latin America where all women thrive.

Mission

To empower underserved women to realize their full potential.

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 operates in Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru, and is headquartered in New York City.

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

MEET THE TEAM

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.