Economic Empowerment

At UPAVIM we believe that when women are economically empowered, families thrive and communities are safer. Through our income generating projects, the women of UPAVIM are able to not only support themselves and their families, but also to support their community.

UPAVIM began making simple crafts to give the women much needed employment and to help pay for the Growth Monitoring program in 1991, and later the Montessori daycare and school.

Since then, the craft program has developed into a successful export business that won a national prize in 2001 for non-traditional textile exporting. The profits from craft sales finance the entire Children’s center, which includes the daycare and the school.

Today, UPAVIM has three income generating projects: Artesenia (UPAVIM Crafts) Panaderia (Bakery & Store) and UPA-Soya (soy milk production).

UPAVIM began making crafts in 1998 to give the women much needed employment and to help pay for the Growth Monitoring program, and later, the Montessori daycare and school.

UPAVIM opened a soy foods production facility in May 2005, selling soy milk and soy masa foods to the community and providing them to the children of the UPAVIM school and day care.

The bakery began in 2001 and is housed in our Annex building. The bread is sold at a small store that also sells our soy milk and other soy products. The bakery and store are self-sustainable.

"Empowered Women Grow Communities"

UPAVIM's Mission: to support the women of La Esperanza in their fight for better economic, healthcare and educational opportunities for themselves, their families and their community.

  • Women invest 90 percent of their income back into their families, compared to only 35 percent for men.