Compassion’s program for entrepreneurs
“Our mission expresses it well—our primary objective with any intervention is to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name; that is how the Ideas que Prosperan [Ideas that Prosper] program was born,” said Guadalupe, Compassion El Salvador Entrepreneurship Advisor.
“It is a program that was created to support small-scale entrepreneurs, opening doors for more than 1200 young people nationwide.”
The center staff immediately saw that the business training—both theoretical and practical—would be a great fit for Karina. But they knew that she would need support and encouragement since her chosen field was culturally seen as “a man’s work.” With that in mind, they followed Karina’s case very closely to encourage her.
There were times when Karina felt like leaving the program due to the negative comments that she received about women and cattle ranching. Norma was one of the people who was closest to Karina and intervened, reminding her not to give up. “We encouraged her that God would help her to achieve her goal as well as assuring her to have faith in her dreams.”
When Karina successfully completed the course, Guadalupe helped her to start the process of financing her business through AMC. As a financial entity, AMC could provide a micro-credit so that young participants could start their businesses.
The most awaited day
After eight months of training, the day that Karina had been longing for finally arrived.
“We were very expectant for the call that had taken a long time to arrive. We were together with my family when the call finally came. That was a very nice day because at my young age, I was going to start living my dream. It was something I was really praying to God about,” Karina said happily.
The phone call confirmed that Karina was one of the lucky young women to receive a $3,000 micro-credit, thanks to the partnership between Compassion El Salvador and the AMC financial institution.
With her credit, she was able to buy three head of cattle, completely changing her present and her future. From that modest foundation, she has begun buying and selling livestock as a cattle trader.
Economically, Karina´s life changed positively. On the sale of a single head of cattle, she can earn from $100 to $200. Thanks to the good tutoring received from Compassion through the Ideas que Prosperan program, she’s become empowered to overcome poverty.
“No matter how small the amount of money is, if you know how to manage it, you can take advantage of it; from $1, you can get even more,” said Karina. “I feel that as a family our life has really changed financially compared to how it was before, thanks to the Compassion entrepreneurship program.”
With her new knowledge and skills, Karina insists that this is only the beginning. There are many more things that she wants to do to grow her business.