Matilde is a 53 years old Afro-Ecuadorian who came to Casa Maria Amor five years ago, She has nine children. Matilde was a victim of violence from the age of 3 years old when she was sold. Matilde is a tireless fighter who began her training process at Mujeres Con Exito with the help and support of staff. She currently works as a housekeeper in the shelter where she receives a stable salary and is insured. Her 13 year old daughter Maria has been studying ballet for 3 years and has been considered for international presentations with her dance group. Currently, Matilde also supports the organization during special fundraiser dinners.
Ruth is 25 years old and has 4 children.She came to the shelter five years ago. She started her professional training process at Mujeres con Exito and now is demonstrating great skills for numbers and resource management. Ruth is currently responsible for the management of inventory, organization of resources, preparation of financial reports, review of costs as well as responsible for supervising others in the cafeteria, laundry and catering service of Mujeres Con Exito.
Evelyn is 24 years old. She came to the house 13 years ago along with her mother and brothers. Her family received continuous support from Casa Maria Amor and, thanks to the generous support of a Canadian volunteer, she was able to study and graduate as an Educator. During her vacations, she participated in Mujeres con Exito training. The resources she received were used for mobilization, food, and other costs. She currently works at Casa Maria Amor as a teacher, educating, caring for and developing education processes for the children and adolescents of the shelter. This month, Evelyn was invited to Austria to share her story with other young people.
Arlin is a 42 years old Columbian refugee who lived in the shelter 10 years ago with her 6 children. She began her training process at Mujeres con Exito (Women with Success) and, thanks to the training she received from the staff, she developed a professional cooking course. Later, she worked at La Terrace, one of the most important restaurants in the city and for the past seven years she has worked at Casa Maria Amor. Here, as head chef, she provides training and support to other women beginning their process in Mujeres Con Exito. Arlin has received recognition by government institutions and is one of the testimonies of survivors of violence.