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¡Si Podemos/Yes We Can—Beyond Domestic Violence: Achieving Financial Independence
La Independencia Financiera para Sobrevivientes Latinas de Violencia Doméstica

trainingnyMore than 60 participants from various states and Puerto Rico participated in Alianza's two-day training entitled Financial Independence for Latina Survivors of Domestic Violence. The training was held in New York City. During the first day of the workshop, participants learned the basics of Financial Literacy including: household budgeting, how banks and other financial institutions work, opening and balancing a check book, credit basics, personal and business loans, renting or buying a place, and identify theft.

Day two of the training actively engaged the participants in exploring the world of entrepreneurship (How to Start a Business). Participants learned how to do marketing research to determine if there a market for a specific product or service. They reviewed business ownership essentials, including start-up requirements and operations—how to select a business structure, how much money is needed to open the business, what licenses or permits are required, how to balance family and business, how to keep good records, how to protect business assets. Next, the participants learned how to create a marketing plan (selecting marketing strategies and venues). The final session focused on writing a business plan, including developing a long-range vision, setting realistic goals, writing a mission statement, selecting a location, product/service description, hours of operation, management, general operations, and projecting costs.


Financial Independence for Latina Survivors
of Domestic Violence

A free training for OVW grantees and other providers of domestic violence services for Latina survivors of Domestic Violence, including immigrant women.

There is broad recognition within the domestic violence movement that the lack of financial independence is a major barrier that contributes to keeping many victims/survivors in violent and abusive relationships. Acquiring financial knowledge can be a key step for the survival of many victims and their children.

Through this training, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the specific needs and circumstances of Latina victims as concerns financial education and cultural considerations
  •  Be trained in the basics of financial literacy and the development of small businesses
  •  Receive copies of our training curriculum and training video: ¡Si Podemos/Yes We Can!— Beyond Domestic Violence: Achieving Financial Independence. The curriculum was developed in collaboration with WESST, a nonprofit agency dedicated to small business development and financial training, based in Albuquerque, NM
  • Learn effective methods for facilitating workshops using our training curriculum (¡Si Podemos/Yes We Can)

Alianza will be conducting one more Financial Independence for DV Survivors, probably in early fall. Once we get the location approved by OVW, we will post the location & dates, and open up the registration.

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The 28-minute video, produced by Alianza and Arnold Trujillo (A Trujillo Production), features several survivors who were able to break away from violent and abusive relationships and are now living financially independent lives that are free of violence. The women have wonderful lessons and knowledge that will inspire not only victims of domestic violence, but also other women who want to make a better life. They not only tell us about the enormous challenges they faced and had to overcome, but they talk about the strength, support, and opportunities that helped them on their journeys to rebuild their lives and become successful business owners.

The video, accompanies a train-the-trainer curriculum produced as part of Alianza's Financial Independence for Survivors of Domestic Violence Training Project.


This video was produced by Alianza, The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence and supported by Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women Grant No. 2010-ET-S6-K017). This video is 28 minutes in length and will be used in our Economic Independence for DV Survivors upcoming trainings. For further information about the trainings please contact info@dvalianza.org.


Ivonne Ortiz, Alianza’s Training & TA Coordinator, will be conducting a workshop entitled The Road to Cultural Competence: From Increasing Awareness to Building Skills, at the Indiana Latino Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence 7th Annual Statewide Conference. Indiana Latino Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Hosts 7th Annual Statewide Conference, to be held October 4 in Indianapolis, Indiana, is Transforming Communities: Reducing Disparities (Special Emphasis on Immigrant Victim). It will be oriented toward bringing awareness and providing key intervention tools that will enable social service providers to more effectively serve immigrants. The conference keynote speaker will be Maria Leticia Guelfi, Programme Specialist at the Americas Division in UN Women where her work focuses on issues related to Ending Violence Against Women, Aid Effectiveness & Gender Responsive Budgeting. In collaboration with other UN agencies, she was responsible for developing the initial document of the UN Secretary General’s Unite To End Violence Against Women Campaign, for Latin American and the Caribbean. For more information about the conference:  http://www.indianalatinocoalition.org/events.html



Patricia Castillo, Alianza Board member and Executive Director of the P.E.A.C.E. (Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts) Initiative, visited Nicaragua March 26-30 to conduct workshops on the cyclical, detrimental impact that domestic violence imposes on society. Ms. Castillo highlighted the crucial role all sectors of the community need to play in addressing the problem and working toward a solution. In energetic, interactive sessions, Ms. Castillo shared educational facts that highlighted the physiological impacts of domestic violence on children and the resulting economic burden for all members of society. Ms. Castillo traveled to four cities on the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts to conduct the training workshops. The trip was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in recognition of Women's History Month in the U.S. and International Women's Day (March 8).


Ivonne Ortiz, Alianza's Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, made a similar trip to the Dominican Republic last August to conduct a series of trainings in the Dominican Republic. The trainings were organized by the U.S. Department of State, in conjunction with the DR's National Directorate for Assistance to Victims and the Ministry of Women. Ms. Ortiz spoke before several national groups including the Ministries of Culture, Education, Public Health, Sports, Youth, as well as the Attorney General of the Republic, the National Police and representatives from various NGOs that work in the areas of domestic and gender violence.


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