Ada Garcia: Opportunity and Empowerment

Ada García, 31, has a desire for self-improvement. All her life she has worked to learn new things and be able to put them into practice for the benefit of herself and her family.

El Porvenir visited Ada’s community, Arenas Blancas, looking for people—both men and women—who were willing to learn to build latrines and toilets in order to train them.

Ada was inspired by the idea, and she decided to participate. "Women can also do the work of a mason," expressed Ada. "First we were trained how to build latrines and toilets, and after that, we started to work. In the beginning, it was difficult for me to get the measurements right, but I learned and improved until the latrines and toilets were done well," Ada tells us.

"After working in several communities, the time came to build my own toilet. I worked hard on this because I wanted it to look beautiful and perfect. Now I have my own toilet! I learned so much working with El Porvenir," Ada confirmed.

"It was a good experience because it helped me practice my skills. Now, I feel confident that I can do this and whatever else I set out to do. Training people for this type of work—regardless of gender—and giving incentives to try new things gave us confidence,” said Ada.

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