WHAT IS GIRLS' EMPO?
In Spanish, it's Asociacion Empoderamiento, association for empowerment. Founded by former Peorian Annie Richey, it's a group that encourages children in a rural area of northern Guatemala to continue in school beyond the primary grades.
One of its programs is a self-esteem building program for girls that combines play, discussions, and mentoring.
When you shop at Global Village on Small Business Saturday, November 28, 20% of your purchase will go to GirlsEmpo to support the mentoring program in the Dulce River valley.
Members of the Peoria Chapter of the National Organization for Women will distribute GirlsEmpo information and help you shop. We'll open at 10:00 AM.
Come early for a great selection and free Fair Trade coffee!
"More than 100 children ages 12-18 from ten rural communities enrolled—half of them girls. Within only two months, the school was recognized by the Ministry of Education as a public school and within five months, the Ministry and the municipal government of Livingston committed to help fund teachers beginning in 2015.
"And so the Instituto Nacional Educación Básica de Barra de Lámpara came into being. Together with many collaborators and supporters, we have created a sustainable solution for secondary education in our rural area—essential to empowering girls and benefiting all youth."