MuJER offers vocational programs to allow women to develop the skills that will enable them to seek safer and more lucrative employment. These course include computer classes, beauty school, English classes, jewelry-making, and embroidery. Our classes are developed in accordance with the requests and interests of our community. We have also provided, and have helped women to obtain, scholarships to study Nursing, Beauty School, and Sewing/Tailoring. The completion of sixth grade is a prerequisite for studying at most vocational schools, and many women from our community who have attended a vocational school were able to do so because they completed elementary school at our Empowerment Center.
With technology we can do anything
Computer classes are designed to teach the women basic computer competencies, including Windows, Microsoft Word, and Internet skills. With such knowledge, the women are able to market their skills in professional settings. They also gain confidence in utilizing new forms of technology. These free computer classes are one of MuJER’s most widely-attended offerings. We offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes scheduled 3 times a week. We have a waiting-list of women seeking to enrol in these classes, but are limited by the number of laptops we have. Please donate your “gently-used” laptop to us, we’ll provide you with a tax credit!
MuJER COURSE IN BEAUTY:
Learning entrepreneurship through beauty
Our beauty course provides our women with the opportunity to learn the basics of manicures, facials, and hairstyling. Through our partnership with Junkabal, a women´s vocational school, we offer a three-part course which not only trains participants in beauty skills, but also includes classes in small business management and human resources for entrepreneurs. We provided scholarships for two women from our community to study at Junkabal, and we have now hired them as teachers for beauty classes held at our Empowerment Center.
SEWING AND TAILORING (in development):
Stitching your way out of poverty
Many woman have expressed an interest in learning to make clothes/and or work as a tailor. In response, we plan to develop a new sewing and tailoring vocational class. We are currently sending Susi Sika, our initial inspiration for starting MuJER, to a Sewing and Tailoring program at a professional school. We hope that as she develops her expertise, she will be able to assist us in the development of our own program.
Helping individuals, helping our community
MuJER has provided vocational scholarships to several women (three who have attended Beauty School and one who is learning Sewing and Tailoring). When they finish their programs, we hire them to share their new knowledge with other women from our community by having them teach classes at our Empowerment Center.
We have also assisted 8 women in obtaining scholarships to study nursing. Two of the women, Paola and Rubi, are now enrolled in advanced nursing training. Alondra, who completed fourth, fifth, and sixth grade at our Empowerment Center, received an award for best final exam at the 2010 nursing school graduation!