Ding-ding-ding! – by Maite Gascó

Ding-ding-ding! When the little bell sounds at Prospera, we are especially delighted because we know that we have received new support. All the bells are significant and they all have a story behind them.

This past April 9, we were welcomed into a Walnut Creek home by Gina and Alexandra. They opened the door with a huge smile and invited us into their beautiful living room to meet many other smiling faces — all of them women. We were there to receive a donation from How Women Give, a Bay Area Women’s Philanthropy Network that has provided $170,000 in grants to women and girls organizations in the last two years.

Magic happens when a group of 15 women get together in a room, and this is definitely what happened here. Claudia Arroyo, Prospera’s Community Education Director immediately captured our attention with an activity based on popular education. It is magical to know that even though we as women come from different countries, different paths and carry different personal baggages, we are still able to connect with other women through stories of success, migration and cooperation.  

Thank you to all the women who believe in, and voted for our project, and for continuing to fight, so that more Latina women can have opportunities for a better future for themselves, their families and for all of our communities.