Rosa had worked all her life as a machinist in a sweatshop. The long hours of work were hard on her family, but they needed the income. With four young children at home, Rosa knew she needed to make some changes so she could raise her family.
In 2007, Rosa opened a small café close to a school that would allow her to work and still have time to care for her children. She worked hard at it for several years. Then she learned about Mentors El Salvador. She was given a micro-loan so she could expand her business and received business classes that taught her how to run a business. Soon she was able to hire a temporary employee, and later she had to hire on two additional staff.
Rosa said that because of the help from Mentors International, she is able to spend more time with her children while maintaining financial stability. Further, Rosa is able to provide stable income to the families of her three staff.