Holiday desserts & shopping: a benefit for Mujeres en Cambio

By Judy Rosenthal

On Thursday, December 19, from 1 until 4pm, another of our unusual shopping events will occur in San Miguel. We call this second estate sale Holiday Desserts & Shopping. At the Hacienda de las Flores, Hospicio 16, Mujeres en Cambio is sponsoring a large sale of donated jewelry and gift items for Christmas. These items include belts, cards, cookbooks, suede bags, and many more. There are no tickets to purchase in advance this time. But we must charge a 50-peso entrance fee at the door to cover our expenses. We must also insist shoppers use pesos only for this event—no checks or credit cards. Your 50-peso entrance fee covers our famous desserts made by our members, plus coffee or tea. Alcoholic drinks will also be available at a cash bar.

Holiday Desserts & Shopping
To benefit Mujeres en Cambio
Thu, Dec 19, 1-4pm
Hacienda de las Flores
Hospicio 16
50 pesos entrance fee

Do you remember where we got this valuable merchandise? Gonzalo Bauer of Mexico City gave his wife’s possessions to Mujeres en Cambio in order to raise money for scholarships for rural girls in San Miguel. Mr. Bauer’s wife Patricia died in July 2011. The Bauers both were personal friends of our own Marge Zap. They donated so much merchandise that we planned to have a total of three shopping events. The first event at the Bordello was so successful that we are excited to continue the adventure. At this second estate sale all merchandise will now be marked at half price.

The education of adolescent girls has been called the key to ending poverty. Entire communities can benefit by unleashing the potential of girls. This heart of development programs has been called the Girl Effect. 250 million girls live in poverty in 2013. Adolescence is a crucial phase in the transition from childhood to adulthood for girls. A young girl growing up in poverty is often forced into early marriage and pregnancy. She is at an increased risk of domestic and sexual violence, and she is further denied the opportunity to continue her education.

We who volunteer for Mujeres en Cambio believe in two important truths—first, every girl has a right to reach her full potential; and second, that investing our energy and money in these girls makes economic sense for Mexico in the 21st century. Even one extra year of primary school increases a girl’s future wages by 10-20 percent, and an extra year of secondary by 15-25 percent. Studies reveal that 70 percent of a woman’s salary goes back into her family. Therefore, if we want to tackle a nation’s poverty, we must help its girls become women by getting educated and employed.

Mujeres en Cambio currently helps support over 150 girls in classes from the equivalent of eighth grade in the United States to university. These promising young women are recommended by their schools’ principals and teachers. Their continued receipt of a scholarship is dependent upon their maintaining good grades. We raise and award approximately US75,000 per year. Administrative costs are nearly zero since most becas are funded by donations and interest made on cash deposits. We are a legally established non-profit organization under Mexican law.

Please join us on Thursday afternoon, December 19, for a dessert and shopping adventure at the Hacienda de las Flores, Hospicio 16. Bring your pesos for fabulous accessories and know you are supporting a great educational cause at the same time.


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