Many of you will have seen our social posts about two of our female students who have received funding to start their own small businesses. In, Guatemala, like many countries around the world, women do not have the same opportunities and freedom in the workforce as men. Seeing these amazing women succeed has warmed our hearts and we are determined to make more business-owning dreams come true.
We currently have five young women enrolled in an internal vocational program. It's is one of the first steps to begin our entrepreneur program earlier and earlier. We're working to provide educational skills in budgeting and business administration. We want to to ensure when girls graduate, they leave our programme, empowered and skilled, ready to enter the workforce with confidence.
Unfortunately many of the part time or flexible jobs available in the community where we work are roles not as accessible to young women. So we've begun specialised workshops, which will enable them to find employment and contribute to their families financially, while continuing with their studies.
These young women are undertaking a specialized manicurist course. They are practicing different nail techniques on each other and asking their friends and families to come in as models.
We have provided specialised teachers, space and workshops on how to market and use these skills in the workforce afterwards. Each of them has been given their own special kit, which they will keep after the course. We've even helped them connect with local salons to improve their chances of being employed.
The students have been so excited and empowered by the freedom learning these skills gives them. To search for work, to advocate for themselves, to contribute to their families and to transition to the workforce.