Girls Clubs inspire young women to become entrepreneurs
Esmeralda Bonilla has been enrolled in Glasswing’s Girls Club for two years. During this time, her outlook on life has changed completely. Esmeralda was once a girl with few dreams and little ambition. She dropped out of school after sixth grade to take care of her little sister, nieces, and nephews. Today, Esmeralda looks at the future with hope. She dreams of becoming a police officer. Thanks to the entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills she has gained as a result of attending various Girls Club workshops, she has been able to save enough money from candy sales to go back to school.
“I never thought I’d be able to go back to school. Glasswing has helped me to dream big and to believe in myself. My dreams are becoming my reality,” she said. Esmeralda is currently 18 years old and enrolled in eighth grade at a nearby public school.
The Girls Club in El Salvador is sponsored by Citi through the Citi Foundation, an organization that is constantly investing in El Salvador’s development. The Citi Foundation’s corporate social responsibility programs focus on youth’s development of practical skills, such as economic and financial literacy. Thanks to them, a total of 1,150 youth between the ages of 16-18 have been beneficiaries of the program over the past three years.