Adelante Empresas

Blog by Gina...
Today Adelante Mujeres sponsored the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Students from the Adult Education class prepared a delicious meal of tostadas followed by yummy flan. As the auditorium filled with Chamber members the students dished up plates and greeted the business community. After introductions, Ali Brown, Adelante Empresas Coordinator, started off the program by explaining about Adelante Mujeres and all of our programs. Then she introduced a few of the entrepreneurs working with us and they addressed the crowd. First Gabriela Perez spoke as representative of the Cleaning Wizards. Gaby explained how she has always wanted to own her own business and now she is doing just that. With this added income she is able to help cover everyday expenses for her family and save some for her children’s education. It was touching because I could tell how proud she is! Concepcion Giron spoke next and she got a bit choked up as she explained that her business was started by her husband, who was recently in a fatal car accident. She went on to say that she is persevering and will be successful with Adelante’s help. Hector of Hector’s Car Detailing was the last to address the crowd. He explained how Adelante Empresas has helped him gain clientele and grow his business. After working for years for other companies he thought “I can do this for myself” and with Adelante Empresas help, he has.
Their stories are more powerful than anything we can explain, they are stories of resilience and struggle and overcoming barriers that many of us can’t even imagine. Sitting at the Chamber lunch, listening to the stories, I felt proud to be an employee of Adelante Mujeres. Proud of what we have accomplished and what we have inspired others to accomplish; who we have set on the path to empowerment and all that they are doing now!