Published on Tuesday, April 26, 2016


“I wanted to better my life” says Gloria “not just for me, but for my parents and more for my daughter.” Gloria is a 22-year old single mom living with her extended family in a low-income neighborhood of Lima. Gloria struggled to find stable work that allowed her the time to care for her daughter and earn a living wage. “I wanted to better myself as a person and knew I needed this opportunity.” Through the Caterpillar Foundation-supported EquipYouth project she learned the technical skills she needed to work in warehouse management and the life skills to help her get ahead in her career and life. In December 2015, Gloria began working in a salaried position at Honda in their packaging and storage center. “The program has benefited me in many ways, one of them is that I learned the skills that I currently use in my job and the second is that I was able to get a job that completely changed my life.”

About the EquipYouth Peru:

EquipYouth Peru, a NEO associated project, is part of the global initiative with Caterpillar’s philanthropic organization, the Caterpillar Foundation that aims to increase youth employability prospects and support youth entrepreneurship in seven countries. Now in its second phase in Peru working with Tecsup, the project will prepare young people with market-relevant life and technical skills training, on-the-job learning, and job placement support and services.

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