“The laundromat, coffee house, and catering services are jobs women have always done. Before, it was a source of shame and discrimination. Now it is a source of pride and autonomy,” said Marlene Villavicencio, Mujeres con Exito director. Seven of 10 women in the city are victims of abuse, according to the Statistics and Census National Institute. Due to the alarming statistics, in 2004 the shelter home “Maria de Amor” was inaugurated. Their program lasting between four and six months creates a support network they can depend on long after they get out of the shelter. “Here they are trained,…
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