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  • Group of four young people with aprons in a café
    I started my small business at 23 years old. Four years later, we have four stores and employ eight people.
    Aurora Rosas, 27
  • Young man with juggling equipment
    I'm 25 and I am an artist. At the same time, I am building a career as a professional cook. I am currently part of the Educarte Association, in which we promote social aid. Right now I have my own circus performance company and dance with a crew.
    Darwin Arriola, 25
  • Young woman faces the camera
    I am an entrepreneur woman. I make cleaning and personal care products. I participated in KOIKA, the youth entreprenourship program at Ahuachapán, and earned seed capital. Seeing the need in my home, I used that money to start my own artisanal brand.
    Leticia Mendoza
  • Young girl with Guatemalan indigenous clothes
    I never thought I would experience everything I lived in CEIPA. They were unforgettable experiences and greatly helped me grow as a person.
    Teresa, 19
  • Young woman with indigenous clothing
    Here in Guatemala everything is possible. There are places where we can get support.
  • I am very happy because, even though the process was hard and we shed some tears, we are today opening our own business.
    Evelyn, 18
  • The advice I would give to other young people is to be perseverant, to look for options for their future. It is not necessary to go abroad when there are good things in our country. But goals must be set and achieved. Overall, you need to believe in yourself.
    Sulmy Rodríguez. 19, Cofradía
  • Young man
    I used to be part of a criminal group and do a lot of bad stuff, but then I joined a youth support organization and I have changed for the best. Now I study and have a small business.
    Neptali Valles, 25, El Progreso
  • Young man with gold chain and grey t-shirt
    I graduated from the Technical Center, with a Refrigeration diploma. I did my internship and a company called me. They noticed me and today I am working. Here in San Pedro Sula you can find solutions, you just have to know how to look for them.
    Yoslin Jesualdo Zelaya, 20, San Pedro Sula
  • Young, dark-haired woman with pink t-shirt and locket.
    You don't need to migrate. In every community, there are always options to support young people. You need to keep a positive attitude and have faith in things getting better.
    Kenia Artiaga. 20 años, Cofradía
  • When I left my country, I felt worried and trapped. Now that I have my regularization I can move freely, I know that today I can work on what I want. I studied electronics and I want to find opportunities in Mexico that will allow me to get ahead.
    Roger Castellanos. Santa Bárbara, Honduras. 20.
  • I fled my country because of insecurity and gang violence, I was very uneasy because I had no papers in a strange country. I was fortunate to receive guidance from people on how to be in the country on a regular basis. I feel very happy for the opportunity and because I know that I will be able to help my family.
    José Luis Irias Mendez
  • When I arrived in Mexico I felt a lot of pressure because I didn't have a job. I found out about the regularization process and finished my paperwork. I feel like I took a weight off my back. Today it is possible to look for different work options; it is a privilege to be able to make a decent living.
    Juan Salvador Vasques Claros. San Salvador. 40.
  • My recommendation for people who want to migrate is that they look for information on how to get their papers: it is good for work, for health, for everything. This way they see us in a different way, people in Mexico include us better.
    Salvador. La Paz Departament
  • I come alone with my daughter and I'm pregnant, I've been through a lot. When I arrived in Tapachula I was mugged so I decided to approach some organizations to receive information about paperwork, transportation and employment options. Now I feel safer because I am already processing my papers.
    María Magdalena. El Salvador. 23.
  • I signed up for a baking course and I loved it. At first I thought I'd finish the course and some day start a business. But with CEIPA, we took the plunge and started a small company. We are more than willing to work and know that the effort will pay off.
    Hellen, 19
  • It was an unforgettable experience. It was hard, but here we are. I really look forward to the company helping us all get ahead and make our dreams come true.
    Frankel, 18
  • Three years ago I graduated from CEIPA's bakery diploma, but on my own I have started to learn other things about cooking and baking. I dreamed of having a business, so I got into the socio-productive program and told them what I wanted and we started with market research but they rejected me. It was a very hard blow, but in spite of that I got up and started again with this team, and I have been in this process for two years now.
    Santos, 17
  • Young man standing in the park of his community
    We Salvadorans are most capable, we can achieve many things, but we often doubt ourselves and are scared of taking advantage of opportunities. I have met people from other countries who have trusted in me and in the work I do. That has allowed me to travel.
    Milton Borja, 25
  • Young man on a bike, posing in front of a small-town church
    You can make a living in Ahuachapán, just as long as you commit to studying and working, devote time to your projects and create new habits that allow for consistency in your life.
    Omar Ernerto Torrento, 23
  • Young man portrayed in front of local church.
    I am a very responsible person and I make an effort to get what I want. Ever since I returned to my country, a year and a half ago, I have been dedicated to getting my degree. I have advanced English diplomas, got certified as bilingual tourist guide and now work here in Ahuachapán.
    Odir Esquivel
  • Young man shows his art
    I study marketing and, in my free time, I do street art. Thanks to the support of organizations like Caritas, we have started a small business that sells coffee. It is called Café Balam.
    Ronald Felix Albanez
  • Young man with camera hanging from his neck
    I am 23 years old. I am a second-year student of Social Work and I am the president of the Educarte Association. We work with art, culture and education for communities and schools. I also work in photography and as a host and correspondent for the first indigeous radio of El Salvador.
    Alexis Alverenga, 23
  • Sonia. 18 años
    Aquí en Guatemala todo se puede y hay lugares donde podemos conseguir apoyo.
    Sonia. 18 años
  • Neptali. 25 años
    Antes estaba en un grupo antisocial haciendo muchas cosas negativas, pero después me uní a una organización que apoya a jóvenes y que me ha ayudado a cambiar para bien. Ahora estudio y también he comenzado mi propio negocio.
    Neptali. 25 años
  • Sonia. 18 años
    Aquí en Guatemala todo se puede y hay lugares donde podemos conseguir apoyo.
    Sonia. 18 años
  • Neptali. 25 años
    Antes estaba en un grupo antisocial haciendo muchas cosas negativas, pero después me uní a una organización que apoya a jóvenes y que me ha ayudado a cambiar para bien. Ahora estudio y también he comenzado mi propio negocio.
    Neptali. 25 años
  • Sonia. 18 años
    Aquí en Guatemala todo se puede y hay lugares donde podemos conseguir apoyo.
    Sonia. 18 años
  • Neptali. 25 años
    Antes estaba en un grupo antisocial haciendo muchas cosas negativas, pero después me uní a una organización que apoya a jóvenes y que me ha ayudado a cambiar para bien. Ahora estudio y también he comenzado mi propio negocio.
    Neptali. 25 años
  • Joven fotografiado en primer plano bajo un árbol.
    Everything that I am I owe it to my mother and my grandmother mainly. They have been strong and brave women who have taught me that nothing is impossible because we are all capable.
    Aaron, 18 years old.
  • Joven mujer con dos trenzas. Lleva una camiseta negra que dice Piénsalo 2 Veces
    My parents are very humble; however I made my own way and later I taught them myself. This made me understand that sometimes our biggest obstacle is ourselves. We are capable of doing better and leaving our mark on the world.
    Nidia, 23 years old.
  • When I woke up in the morning, I realized that I had slept next to a dead man.
  • The journey is challenging. You are looking for a better life, but you end up destroying it. It's hard.
  • I didn't think it would be difficult. I thought it was an easy road because people have been traveling for a long time. I thought it was an easy road, but I realized that it is not easy at all when I arrived.
  • This is how things are in the jungle: You walk in groups and meet other people on the way, but no one will stay by your side and they will not wait for you.
  • Adulto joven con gorra y camiseta de rayas
    Migrating is difficult, but it teaches you to be a strong person with character. You have ups and downs, but you should always look for the right information and help.
    Alexander, 35 years old.
  • Joven mujer con lentes y camiseta blanca, fotografiada bajo árbol
    Studying and working are important factors in the growth of a person, but d it’s important to keep in mind your human part, the importance of your life and your opinions; it’s important to be the youth of change and now.
    María Cristina, 21 years old.
  • Joven muchacho con cabello corto y camiseta negra
    I left my country for a better future. Together with my family we had to adapt to the culture, the laws of the country and we have progressed here. I have met good friends along the way.
    Angel, 20 years old.
  • Mujer morena con camiseta blanca y cabello recogido en un moño
    I migrated from Nicaragua for a better opportunity and although it has not been easy, I have learned a lot. Above all, I consider it important to maintain a good attitude to see the opportunities that allow me to achieve my goals no matter where I am.
    Marcela, 31 years old.
  • Muchacho joven, risueño. Lleva camisesta negra, sudadera gris, un collar y gorra blanca.
    Due to a series of circumstances, I left my country. Without a doubt, I was able to start over and forget about the damage of the past. Now I am here full of strength and energy seeking my personal development with the help of many people who love and support me.
    Catriel, 25 years old.
  • Muchacha joven con cabello oscuro y muy largo. Lleva sudadera celeste con girasoles
    Despite all the difficulties, I decided to become an entrepreneur. That is why I tell all young people not to be afraid to do it and achieve their dreams. Limits are set by yourself.
    Lourdes, 20 years old.
  • Hombre joven fotografiado sobre fondo de naturaleza. Se ríe.
    I met fear at an early age and despite that, I was able to get ahead; fear is an enemy that we can overcome. As long as we believe in ourselves, everything is possible.
    Denis, 24 years old.
  • Mujer joven, sonriente, fotografiada frente a fondo natural. Lleva una camisa formal color celeste.
    I am a woman with many dreams and today with this IOM workshop I realized that I was a victim of labor exploitation. Currently I am still studying, I have God in my life and a son that I love with all my heart, who inspires me to know that it is never too late to improve and move on.
    Karen, 31 years old.
  • Muchacho joven, muy delgado, con una camiseta con temática de superhéroes.
    Since you never know what might happen, studying is essential to be prepared for any life situation. If you migrate to another country, never stop considering studying.
    Diego, 18 years old.
  • Hombre joven con barba y bigote. Lleva camiseta informal, roja.
    From my point of view, the best opportunity that a migrant can have in the host country is to meet people who will become key actors in the development of our life in this new home.
    Juan, 34 years old.

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