Excelling and Thriving in a Male-Dominated Field: International Rescue Committee and UNFCU Foundation Arm Women with New Skills

Meet Alejandra, a migrant from El Salvador with an incredible talent for landscaping. Alejandra previously worked as a roofer in El Salvador. Due to safety fears, she fled her country and sought asylum in the United States.

Alejandra found help through the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Upon relocating to Silver Spring in Maryland, Alejandra enrolled in two IRC programs. She enrolled in the English language course and landscaping course.

IRC's support helped Alejandra bring out her natural leadership skills and helped her build up her confidence. Through a collaborative spirit and inquisitiveness, she made friends and enjoyed learning about her new environment.

After the completion of her courses, Alejandra had a placement at a local landscaping company. Her problem-solving skills and due diligence ability quickly became evident when working on projects. Landscaping is a male-dominated industry, but Alejandra proved she was more than capable of meeting the job expectations.

Today, Alejandra is one of the top employees at the same landscaping company. She is respected by her colleagues and loved by her customers.

Learning a trade is crucial in building a strong path towards financial independence. Alejandra exemplifies what can happen when women are empowered.

The UNFCU Foundation is a proud supporter of the International Rescue Committee's programs that support women's economic empowerment. Join our efforts to provide more women with access to services that will allow them to develop their skills and become financially independent.