Women who participate in solar oven construction workshops and leadership development programs are encouraged to create their own grassroots organizations to address local community needs. These are some of the successful initiatives which have been developed by local women in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua and financed through Fondo Proceso.
As local groups support the social and economic development of women and respond to local needs, they are encouraged to develop income-producing activities for their associations. Striving toward long term sustainability, women's associations in Central America have generated income through the production and sale of natural juices (Nicaragua), natural products and medicines (Guatemala), and soy products (Honduras).
Women's candle-making project in Guatemala
Photography by Tom Cogill