Guatemala city — Guatemala

Formal job training for women from Guatemala city garbage dump

Beneficiaries — 150 women

Creamos is a non-profit, multi-service organization that supports over 600 women
and their families in the shantytowns surrounding Guatemala City’s municipal
landfill to achieve economic independence and create a better future. Creamos
envisions a world in which women living in the community surrounding the
landfill, do not have to engage in high-risk work to support their families.
In Guatemala, 50% of the informal workforce are women. The rate of violence
against women is one of the highest in the world. These injustices are
exacerbated in the landfill’s vicinity, where thousands of women face enormous
economic, social and emotional challenges.
Creamos will offer formal training in the two focus areas of hospitality and
technology. Each of these training programs will be offered in partnership with
experts in the field who have committed their resources to both training the
women of this community and providing them with professional development
opportunities beyond graduation. In addition, all participants will have access to
free therapeutic services and childcare. As a result, 150 women will obtain formal
vocational training and job placement assistance, helping to reduce the
participants’ financial vulnerability and exposure to economic exploitation, as well
as improving their self-confidence.

"Leveraging community wisdom to create long-lasting change that is our focus for the women of Guatemala"

— Hannah Sklar, director


Creamos is a social entrepreneurship organization aiming to offer opportunities to women living in the communities surrounding the Guatemala City garbage dump. The organization carry out its mission by putting the emphasis on three main themes: income generation, education, and psychosocial support for women.

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