We work with communities in Latin America to develop campaigns that help people make more informed decisions about their life plans, recognize fake information, and identify opportunities for local development and regular migration.
I started my small business at 23 years old. Four years later, we have four stores and employ eight people.
Aurora Rosas, 27
I'm 25 and I am an artist. At the same time, I am building a career as a professional cook. I am currently part of the Educarte Association, in which we promote social aid. Right now I have my own circus performance company and dance with a crew.
Darwin Arriola, 25
I am an entrepreneur woman. I make cleaning and personal care products. I participated in KOIKA, the youth entreprenourship program at Ahuachapán, and earned seed capital. Seeing the need in my home, I used that money to start my own artisanal brand.
I never thought I would experience everything I lived in CEIPA. They were unforgettable experiences and greatly helped me grow as a person.
Here in Guatemala everything is possible. There are places where we can get support.
I am very happy because, even though the process was hard and we shed some tears, we are today opening our own business.
The advice I would give to other young people is to be perseverant, to look for options for their future. It is not necessary to go abroad when there are good things in our country. But goals must be set and achieved. Overall, you need to believe in yourself.
Sulmy Rodríguez. 19, Cofradía
I used to be part of a criminal group and do a lot of bad stuff, but then I joined a youth support organization and I have changed for the best. Now I study and have a small business.
Neptali Valles, 25, El Progreso
I graduated from the Technical Center, with a Refrigeration diploma. I did my internship and a company called me. They noticed me and today I am working. Here in San Pedro Sula you can find solutions, you just have to know how to look for them.
Yoslin Jesualdo Zelaya, 20, San Pedro Sula
You don't need to migrate. In every community, there are always options to support young people. You need to keep a positive attitude and have faith in things getting better.
Kenia Artiaga. 20 años, Cofradía
When I left my country, I felt worried and trapped. Now that I have my regularization I can move freely, I know that today I can work on what I want. I studied electronics and I want to find opportunities in Mexico that will allow me to get ahead.
Roger Castellanos. Santa Bárbara, Honduras. 20.
I fled my country because of insecurity and gang violence, I was very uneasy because I had no papers in a strange country. I was fortunate to receive guidance from people on how to be in the country on a regular basis. I feel very happy for the opportunity and because I know that I will be able to help my family.
José Luis Irias Mendez
When I arrived in Mexico I felt a lot of pressure because I didn't have a job. I found out about the regularization process and finished my paperwork. I feel like I took a weight off my back. Today it is possible to look for different work options; it is a privilege to be able to make a decent living.
Juan Salvador Vasques Claros. San Salvador. 40.
My recommendation for people who want to migrate is that they look for information on how to get their papers: it is good for work, for health, for everything. This way they see us in a different way, people in Mexico include us better.
Salvador. La Paz Departament
I come alone with my daughter and I'm pregnant, I've been through a lot. When I arrived in Tapachula I was mugged so I decided to approach some organizations to receive information about paperwork, transportation and employment options. Now I feel safer because I am already processing my papers.
María Magdalena. El Salvador. 23.
I signed up for a baking course and I loved it. At first I thought I'd finish the course and some day start a business. But with CEIPA, we took the plunge and started a small company. We are more than willing to work and know that the effort will pay off.
It was an unforgettable experience. It was hard, but here we are. I really look forward to the company helping us all get ahead and make our dreams come true.
Three years ago I graduated from CEIPA's bakery diploma, but on my own I have started to learn other things about cooking and baking. I dreamed of having a business, so I got into the socio-productive program and told them what I wanted and we started with market research but they rejected me. It was a very hard blow, but in spite of that I got up and started again with this team, and I have been in this process for two years now.
We Salvadorans are most capable, we can achieve many things, but we often doubt ourselves and are scared of taking advantage of opportunities. I have met people from other countries who have trusted in me and in the work I do. That has allowed me to travel.
Milton Borja, 25
You can make a living in Ahuachapán, just as long as you commit to studying and working, devote time to your projects and create new habits that allow for consistency in your life.
Omar Ernerto Torrento, 23
I am a very responsible person and I make an effort to get what I want. Ever since I returned to my country, a year and a half ago, I have been dedicated to getting my degree. I have advanced English diplomas, got certified as bilingual tourist guide and now work here in Ahuachapán.
I study marketing and, in my free time, I do street art. Thanks to the support of organizations like Caritas, we have started a small business that sells coffee. It is called Café Balam.
Ronald Felix Albanez
I am 23 years old. I am a second-year student of Social Work and I am the president of the Educarte Association. We work with art, culture and education for communities and schools. I also work in photography and as a host and correspondent for the first indigeous radio of El Salvador.