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ESL Student Becomes a Successful Real Estate Agent


Flor was enrolled in Project BEST’s high school equivalency class. She attended classes two nights a week, and although she made progress, it wasn’t quick or easy. It was difficult for Flor to give it her all and provide all of her attention to preparing to take the GED—she is also a wife and a mother of three, and she worked full-time.

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3 Ways Literacy is Empowering Women in Africa


In 2016, with the support of The West Foundation, ProLiteracy started an international project to meet the specific needs of women in underdeveloped African countries. We are currently supporting a three-year health literacy pilot program with three sub-Saharan African non-governmental organizations by integrating health education into their basic literacy programs.

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How Spanish Literacy Helped Elma Write to Her Mother


Elma Velasquez recently completed the Leamos program at Alachua County Library District in Gainesville, Florida. Elma is 48 years old, and moved to the United States in 2002. She was born and raised in Mexico, suffering severe poverty as a child. As the first-born child in her family, she was not able to attend school. Instead, she worked in the cornfields with her dad and made brick and roof tiles to help support her family.

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Educating Mothers to Increase Family Literacy


Adult literacy educators have long known about the importance of educating mothers or mothers-to-be for the educational development of children.

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How One Woman Transformed a Village


Nestora Macia Perez is the eldest of 15 children born to poor farmers in San Rafael de los Trarais, a small desert community in Northern Mexico. Although the land is barely arable, most people subsist through farm work. With no income out of season, they are often low on food and malnourished. Many of the rural villages are without schools, clean water, roads or electricity.

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