Vicenta is one of our graduates and participants of U4C Empowerment Program. She has become a role model and inspiration for the team and so many women. Here is her story:
My name is Vicenta Marca. I am 39 years old. My husband died 3 years ago. Since then, I’ve been taking care of my 3 children and my father. I attended up to 7th grade only. Because I had never have the opportunity to finish school, I make sure my kids go to school and avoid working at the mines. Although one of my boys works as a mechanic, the other two are still in school. My boy is a junior in college and my daughter is in middle school.
Life hasn’t been easy for Vicenta. That is why she decided to send her kids to La Paz
I currently work in Caracoles as a bricklayer’s assistant. My income is very low, but at least I have something to eat and pay for my medical check ups. The doctor said I have liver problems, anemia and high blood pressure. That is why, I am very grateful for the education and entrepreneurship program with U4C. It makes me happy because it’s helping me to catch up with my education…although it’s difficult, I am learning again how to read and write. I feel confident I will be able to find a better job at the mines.
Today Vicenta is part of the Microenterprise Caracoles, the first one created by graduates.
I am hoping to open my own shop in the future and make more money, so my kids can go to a good University. I really want to live a longer and fruitful life.