Today celebrities join the fight against poverty. Check out their stories!

Yolanda, from Mexico, had the opportunity to participate in an entrepreneurship workshop.

Yolanda lives in the Tlilac settlement on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico. She is part of a group of 13 women planning to start a community-based catering company.

She and her husband have been living in this community for 20 years and they have seven children. She recently decided to take a more active role in her community, and has become one of the main organizers and proponents of development.

Yolanda has been involved in TECHO’s programs in Tlilac since the very beginning. At first, the community organizing committee meetings consisted of three people talking under a tree, she recalls. That group has since grown to fifteen people, primarily women, and includes Yolanda’s two daughters. Yolanda has participated in almost all of the entrepreneurship workshops that have been held and looks forward to continued progress for her family and community.

Yolanda’s husband sells flowers while she takes care of the home, and plants vegetables and herbs in her yard. However, with Yolanda’s catering entrepreneurship project that she started with her neighbors, she will be able to contribute financially to her family’s well being. Their current challenges are to strengthen the group as a whole while defining a role for each woman within the company, so that they can begin to produce a product (e.g., a sauce or jam) that can be sold to generate income.

TECHO is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the organization and empowerment of informal slums through the collaborative work of community members and youth volunteers. TECHO implements community development programs in 19 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean including housing, education and employment, amongst others.

Because no single country in Latin America can truly be great until we level the playing field throughout the continent.

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