Most living heroes of Latin America are women.<o:p></o:p>
- They have systematically decided to stay with their families and fight poverty.
- They are less educated and less skillful because is priority to educate the boys.
- They have informal jobs meaning lower income and less access to social security.
- They also face pregnancy and early childhood alone.
At the same time, they are the enzyme to increase the effectiveness of poverty alleviation initiatives:<o:p></o:p>
- They lead families setting the religious and societal values.
- They keep the community connected through their networks sharing knowledge (and gossips).
- They buy and prepare the food holding the ability to improve the family health.
- Their health during pregnancy determines the child health.
- They provide early child hood education, in many cases the only education the children receive.
- They are the only source of income for most families living in poverty!
Connecting with women head of families is not as hard as we may think, you usually find them:<o:p></o:p>
- Watching TV: telenovelas (soup operas).
- Listening radio: music in Spanish or religious.
- Talking on the phones: fix or mobile, the cheapest.
- Visiting Church: on Saturday night or Sunday.
- In community activities: religious celebrations or celebrations related with the main economical activities of the town (i.e. Coffee harvesting)
The main question I have in my mind is: How can we enable women to play their "key roles" in the family (income, health, education and love) much more efficiently and to avoid them being distracted with parallel activities (transport, paper work, job hunting, burocracy,…)?