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About 20 advocates and other service providers, from throughout New Mexico and as far away as Chicago, Texas and Washington, attended Alianza's first Pilot training on Financial Literacy/Money Management and How to Start and Maintain Your Own Business. The training was delivered jointly by Ivonne Ortiz, Alianza's Training & TA Coordinator, and Jo Ann Garay, Program Coordinator and Trainer, for WESST (Women's Economic Self-Sufficiency Team). The trainers engaged the women in interactive exercises that gave them a real feel for what it's like to effectively manage their finances and to plan, finance and market a business. Albuquerque business owners Cecilia Baca (Cecilia's Café) and Dawn Maestas (LLC, Laser Tatoo Removal) and Eri Flor and Aurea Miros, from MIJAS Restaurant in Olympia, WA, made presentations and offered technical advice to the trainees. (See Photo Gallery)
Alianza is working in partnership with several DV organizations and other CBOs to host the trainings in each respective region. To request a training in your area contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.