The Puerto Rico House of Representatives Women’s Affairs Commission estimated in a report on House Resolution 281 that at least 60 percent of the population receiving social assistance is made up of single mothers, with 90 percent of these women remaining unemployed.
With the goal of helping women with limited resources attain
self-sufficiency and enter the work force, FirstBank joined Mumas Renaciendo
Corp. to train 10 participants in the towns of Hatillo and Isabela through this
nonprofit organization’s empowerment and transformation program.
The empowerment training was conducted in the Carrizales Center of
Hatillo and consisted of workshops in resilience and self-management conducted by two renowned professionals: Astrid
Vélez, business strategist and president of strategic alliances, who offered
guidance on topics related to innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship; and
Tere Marichal, writer, storyteller, and puppeteer, who taught about product
manufacturing in workshops that included constructing rag dolls and creating
small books with the stories of each of the participants.
“It is rewarding to collaborate with personal, social, and
economic empowerment programs that provide women with limited resources the
tools to attain self-management and help minimize their economic dependence,”
said Catherine Ríos, Community Compliance and Reinvestment Officer at
“At FirstBank, we’re committed to supporting groups with urgent
needs so that they can realize their capacity to transform their family
environment to fit their needs and aspirations,” she said.
Mumas Renaciendo Corp. is a nonprofit organization seeking social,
holistic, and empowering transformation to address the pressing needs of women
who are single mothers and heads of families.
“Gratitude and collaboration are the words that best describe the
support that FirstBank has given Mumas Renaciendo Corp,” said Mumas Renaciendo
founder Lillian Karen Alvarado-Viñas.
“The donation has made possible a gathering of wonderful women who
dream about entrepreneurship and are willing to pursue it. We are barely two
years old as an organization and have already impacted approximately 300 women
with limited resources in Hatillo and Isabela,” she said.