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How we’re breaking barriers and helping youth find careers in Nicaragua

POSTED April 9, 2021

How we’re breaking barriers and helping youth find careers in Nicaragua

Watch this video of our new project launch, EMPUJE – closing the gender gap in youth employment

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Our Nicaragua team recently celebrated the launch of EMPUJE, a project aimed at addressing the gender gap and youth unemployment in the country.

With support through the Government of Canada, we’re providing opportunities for 12,000 young people, aged 15 to 30, to improve their life skills, well-being and job prospects. The five-year project aims to provide professional training, with an emphasis on helping women who face barriers to employment due to firmly held beliefs in traditional gender roles.

“I chose to take the great opportunity that EMPUJE is giving us to acquire more knowledge. We are taking classes online, and they are giving us different modules with different topics. What I’m studying right now will help me to have a better economic position in the future,” says Wendy Ruiz, a mother-of-two.

David Lopez, another beneficiary of EMPUJE, shares a powerful message to the youth about the project. “I invite young people to not give up on any idea they have of entrepreneurship… Because there is a power in (being) willing to try.”

There are many just like Wendy and David who are benefiting from EMPUJE and building a better life for their families and communities.

Take a look at how we’re tackling this youth unemployment issue in Nicaragua by watching our EMPUJE launch video below.

Learn more about our work in Nicaragua today.

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