Founded in 2007 by Nelly Villegas, a remarkable woman who lifted herself out of poverty, this organization houses women escaping domestic violence. Nelly frequently draws on her own savings in order to fill emergency needs, such as hospital bills. TFI was introduced to Nelly and the Mama Victoria team in 2010 and have been continually impressed by their work. Women who come to them are supported as their children are provided with additional education, and the program creates its own income through production and sales of gourmet chocolates, tamales, and painted pottery.
Mama Victoria has been one of the agencies for fellowship placements. Former fellows worked on youth education and organizational capacity-building projects.
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