Women's Empowerment Program in Peru


  • Lend a helping hand to the women in need
  • Empower women to be well-rounded and independent individuals
  • Equip women with skills and help generate income
  • Gain a rewarding volunteer work experience while immersing in local culture


Education is every day empowerment. LLI’s Women Empowerment Program is focused on educating women from Huaycán, giving them the necessary tools to become leaders in their families and in the community. The Women’s Empowerment Program has two offshoots: Mujeres Emprendedoras (Women Entrepreneurs) and Huaywasi: Handmade in Peru. Mujeres Emprendedoras is a free entrepreneurial training course for women who want to start or improve their own small business. Our goal is for women to achieve financial security through running their own small business. Huaywasi is a Fair Trade artisanal program that supports women in Huaycán by selling their handmade products overseas at fair wages.

LLI is additionally focusing on implementing self-confidence workshops. LLI believes that for our Mujeres Emprendedoras participants, self-confidence is a crucial building block of successful business practices. Women should be able to project self confidence and feel comfortable with public speaking in order to market their products, provide customer service and forge into the business world. Think you have the advanced Spanish skills and knowledge in teaching self-confidence workshops? Please fill out an application!

Mujeres Emprendadoras

Mujeres Emprendedoras (Women’s Entrepreneurs) is a 3 month entrepreneurship program for low-income women who want to start or improve their own small businesses. Women learn hard skills, such as how to develop a business plan and how to track their own finances- as well as soft skills: strategies for self-confidence, developing a captivating business elevator pitch, and the importance of customer service skills. By the end of the course, the students have drafted a fully developed business plan and receive a certificate - in the name of LLI and the municipality of Huaycán - acknowledging their hard work and business acumen. In 2018, 25 incredible women completed all the requirements necessary to graduate from the program and receive their certificate. See below to learn about another aspect of Mujeres Emprendedoras: self-confidence building!

Artisan Program: Huaywasi

Huaywasi: Handmade in Peru is an extension of LLI's women's empowerment program, working with seven local artisans to create a sustainable approach to women's empowerment. All products are handmade and fair trade. Profits received from from Huaywasi are directly invested back into the artisan program and the women's empowerment program.

Program Statistics:

25 women completed the program in 2018 and received their certificate.
55% of the women who completed the course in 2018 started saving money since the beginning of the program
60% of the women who completed the course in 2018 now have their own business. 40% started their business after completing the course and 20% already had their own business.

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