The problem

In our 22 yrs of experience in poverty alleviation, the people who come ahead are not the ones who only have the education, tools or economical opportunities, but those who, in a wholistic way, are growing simultaneously in all areas of life (vocationally, socially, emotionally, spiritually, etc)  and have a plan for personal sustainable development.  A woman or family with all the tools but in depression or isolation are not as likely to succeed as those who have a strong community network, a solid foundation of values and a growth plan.


Women and their children disproportionately bear the brunt of the sufferings that come with social injustice issues and the best help we can give them is a long-term wholistic approach that accompanies them through their process of growth.

Poverty and social vulnerability

Crime, violence and no security for families in the communities

Under education and difficulty to access opportunities

Human rights violations

Shortage of decent housing and overcrowding

Limited safe and dignified job opportunities

Difficult access to health care due to ilegal immigration

Physical and emotional abuseto women, head of homes, main provides

the Challenge

Within people who live in extreme poverty there is a subgroup composed of elderly women, undocumented immigrants, single mothers, abused women, prostitutes, addicts and others who together with their children are suffering from:

  • Food insecurity (live on less than US$1.25 a day)

  • Underpaid, insecure jobs

  • Irregular income

  • Lack of healthcare

  • Inadequate housing

  • Sicknesses

  • Lack resources for transportation - instability in the family

  • Lack of education and skills 

Our solutions
  • Self and skill discovery

  • Job and skill training

  • Entrepreneurial education for self employment

  • Financial training to build and sustain micro businesses

  • Teaching of vital values and human rights to build strong families and society

  • Promotion of gender equality

  • Advocacy to tackle the constraints that limit their progress and make a space for their voices with governmental agencies and society for the issues affecting them and their next generations

  • Training in conflict and peace-building skills

  • Anti-human trafficking and prevention activities that enable women involved in prostitution and drug addiction to exit these situations and reintegrate into society. This happens through a holistic approach to restoration, skill development and learning communities made out of women from all walks of life and social status.

  • Community awareness by promoting inclusion, standing against discrimination and addressing common misconceptions about those who have been involved in the commercial sex trade to earn a living.

  • Training of local volunteers and other non profits organizations working in social justice.

  • Social responsability/Volunteer hours. Each woman is asked to give 3 hours a month to participate in social responsability. Activities such as: the massage therapy students going to a home for elderly people, the manicure students to prison for women, the sewing students to food bank.

  • We support other organizations that work with women in prostitution, drug addiction or leaving prison by giving scholarship to their participants for our courses.

Outcomes and benefits

In our latest survey we discovered that women who had participated consistently in our programs in the past 3 years had experienced the following: 

  • Spent more time studying and working. This impacted their own children's progress as well as family dynamics

  • Felt more productive, confident and hopeful 

  • Became providers for their households and went hungry fewer days

  • Had less stress, therefore mental and physical health improved

  • Many opened a savings account for the first time, learned how to administrate resource and even had money to invest in micro businesses for survival

  • Improved their relationships with neighbours and became interested in the progress of their community

  • Had a greater awareness of their need to invest in education

  • Felt more capable to handle emergencies and other challenges

  • On average they have significantly more assets and savings than before TRANSFORMA

other efforts

Year round, Transforma  helps families in extreme poverty with food and supplies to provide for their families as they build their lives towards a better future.

Food bank

Transforma ensures access to dozens of children, young mothers, mature, and elderly women to quality education and vocational trainings.

School Tuiton fundraising

In alliance with other organizations, Transforma contributes to practical projects that benefit our entrepreneurs who are working towards starting micro business for survival

Building projects

Throughout the year, Transforma offers seminars to students and families within the community, including seminars on parenting and childcare, addiction and sex trafficking prevention, leadership, and community development.

Workshops and communities seminars

Free of charge mothers are welcome to bring their small children to their training classes to eliminate the financial and coordination hurdles of child care.

Montessori child care