Why should you invest in Nuevo Camino? Because Nuevo Camino invests in people like Erika.
On any given day, you'll find Erika trekking through the streets of Cusco, Peru toting a 50-pound cooler of papas rellenas. (And when you do find her, do yourself a favor and buy that tater). Erika prefers the mobility of carrying her cooler over the ease of pushing a cart because it allows her to find business instead of waiting for it.
Erika's bright smile reflects little of the history that landed her in the women's shelter where we found her. She was raped at 16 and the resulting pregnancy forced her to drop out of high school. Though she couldn't provide for the child, who lived with her parents, she longed to simply share a meal with him. Her second son has a heart defect and, like any mom, she worries about being able to provide for his medical needs.
Yes, Erika's life has been difficult, but you won't find her talking about her past much. She's more interested in working toward her future. It is because of the support from Nuevo Camino that Erika has been able to start over with a hope for a bright future.
There are five moms who are ready to begin their Nuevo Camino. They need our help to set-up a new place to live and begin working towards independence. Renting an apartment and furnishing it are small things to us but incredibly big to these women. For just $3,000 we can provide a mom and her kids a safe place to live, furnished and filled with love. Join us in supporting the start-up costs of an apartment and new schools for five incredible women and their children. Women just like Erika. Women just like us. For an additional $1,000 a month we can ensure that these five moms have the financial support they need to start their jobs and learn how to walk on a new path.
An investment in Nuevo Camino is an investment in a brighter future for all of us.