You're 15 years old and dirt poor. There are sixteen people living in your small adobe house. You're isolated, you can't go to school, and you don't have a skill to get work. Also, you're a girl. The man in the village who's been staring at you for several weeks now approaches you. He says he'll give you $75 to sleep with him. How could this man know that you daydream about buying a piece of land to build a house and take care of your mother and siblings?
You shake your head, to clear it. "No." you say.
"Esta bien, $100," he says, as he looks you up and down.
"No. Go away." You get home and think of Sister Naomi and Brother Josept who have been teaching you about Jesus and the life that God wants you to live - a life with hope and a future.
This is not the story of just one young woman in our sewing school; this is the reality of many young women who live in a constant state of vulnerability because they are stuck without choices. Our vocational sewing program is not only developing skilled seamstresses but is developing their spiritual capacity to choose freedom and hope and to leave behind helplessness and dependence.