More than 50 percent of Peruvians live in poverty. Mothers in Peru spend their time directing and performing household duties. This hinders them from working and earning a sustainable income.
Mariana is a native Peruvian mother affected by high rates of poverty, gender inequality, and lack of access to education. These are three factors that contribute to hunger-related issues throughout Peru.
World Vision and Gifts With a Cause work together to provide sustainable jobs to hard working mothers that are eager to work their way out of poverty.
For many Peruvian mothers, Mother’s Day can be complicated, but this year join us in celebrating with Mariana who now has a sustainable income to provide for her children!
“There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise.” –W.E.B. Dubois
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Mariana expresses what it means to carry her daughter on her back and how World Vision and Gifts With a Cause have positively affected her role as a mother.
I will carry my daughter, always.
Before she was born, I carried her in my womb. When she was born, I carried her in my arms. The days she is hungry and restless, I sing to her a traditional melody to let her know that I love her. Sometimes it is hard for me to hide my frustration because I too am hungry. Many days I feel like giving up, I feel like a failure because my daughter is suffering.
I wrap her in cloth and carry her on my back and close to my heart. I hold her close so that she can feel my warmth. She is safe with me and I will do anything in my power to make sure that she does not go hungry. I want her to know that she never has to cry alone, as long as I am alive.
There is a Peruvian proverb that my mother used to say: Poco a poco, se va lejos — little by little, one walks far. Thanks to World Vision and Gifts With a Cause, I can say I am walking far. Without their help my handmade products would not reach the global market.
It is comforting to know that there are people out there who are willing to help. They understand that I am creating more than just a scarf or a necklace. This scarf, this necklace—this is an opportunity for my family to have food. An opportunity for my children to learn how read. I want my children to go to school and learn English so that they have a brighter future.
I say this with tears running down my cheeks—the simple fact that World Vision and Gifts With a Cause are here, acknowledging that we exist and that our children are suffering … it makes my faith stronger. This is proof that my prayers are being answered. And I have hope that my daughter will not have to struggle for food or an education.
Being part of a Fair Trade cooperative gave me a new life full of dignity and hope. I can bring my children along and watch over them while I work. All of the women in the cooperative are uplifting and always willing to help one another. I am happy to go to work every day because we are free to laugh and watch over our children while we are working. My heart has never been happier.
I am filled with nothing but gratitude for this chance to prosper.
How you can help:
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Thank you for creating economic opportunity for mothers all around the world.