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.
United For a Better Life. UPAVIM strives to provide opportunities for women to recognize their potential, both individually and as a group of women united by the desire to create a better life. We believe that when women acknowledge their own capabilities, and have the space and structure to develop their talents, they begin to empower themselves.
Located in a “Red Zone” of Guatemala City, La Esperanza is a community plagued by gangs and violence. For the women of this community, UPAVIM offers a place of sanctuary. It is a space for them to be with their sisters and friends, the women of their community who give them love, hope, strength and purpose. It is also a place of employment to provide income and security for their families. While faced with the numerous challenges of poverty and violence, UPAVIM remains a beacon of hope for the women and children of this community. Content & Images: VPAVIM website
Mary Joan Ferrar-Marsland the U.S. Director for UPAVIM explains that she essentially works for the Guatemalan women who run VPAVIM. Mary runs their distribution center in the states. The coop has created an overall board and smaller committees to run each department. A new president is elected each year.