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Mercadito

Women's Microbusinesses

the story

Copan Ruinas, Honduras is geographically isolated and food insecurity has become a concern for many, especially single mothers and their children. Job opportunities are scarce, and single mothers face additional challenges because of the lack of childcare services. These barriers prevent many women from breaking free from the cycle of poverty.

Mothers participate in the “Mercadito” program by using their existing skills to create micro-businesses, such as selling tortillas and traditional foods, providing cleaning and tailoring services, making artisanal crafts, and more, in a safe, non- exploitative environment.

the vision

The “Mercadito” program breaks down the barriers that would prevent a woman from starting her own business. We are providing the space, training, and tools so that women can take their future into their own hands.

Casita Copan provides on-site training, administrative support, and mentorship to help the mothers further develop their skills and grow their businesses. Our goal is for participating mothers to have financial independence, food security for their families, and access to the health, childcare, and educational benefits that Casita Copan provides.