Mercy holding her diploma

"[The project] trained us to be peer mentors, so I will be telling them that it is not time to do serious work for money."

Melisa holding her scholarship letter

"The coffee rust fungus destroyed the entire coffee crop my dad had cultivated. He remained in debt, sick and unable to recover. With tears in his eyes, he asked us to return to the community. He did not want anything bad to happen to me and my brother in the city."


"For the first time I was in a classroom. I learned to read and write, learned to speak properly and learned the mason profession. I started to think differently. I was structuring my career."

Aragash working at a textile factory

"Although I am the only girl working here, they are all like my brothers."

Image of Mahmoud

"I dream of having as much knowledge as possible. Knowing things is the key to everything."

Image of Luis tutoring students

"The school said he had behavior problems, but the issue was that they didn't understand the nature of his disability or how to work with his disability."

Glenn teaching village students

"Love what you do and never wait for any payback because helping others in need is in itself a great reward." »

Image of Emmanuel

"He has energy to spare."

Image of Mamontseng

"This is something that cannot be done in this factory. If your work requires you to work standing, you have to work standing, even when you are pregnant."

Image of Habimana

"I was the one to take care of the baby. We had to forget about school."

"Being a teacher is about inspiring youth to be tomorrow's change makers."

“Today my life is amazing, I am the contractor, hiring others to work for me! This training turned out to be the gateway to live a dignified life.”

Workers gather outside Casa Obrera Potosina

For worker voice to truly be heard, workers and their unions need to be able to freely meet and plan action. An ILAB-funded Solidarity Center project established a worker center in Mexico to help make these key exchanges happen.

Alejandra Morales, secretary general of SINTTIA, an independent union at the GM Silao plant in Mexico, celebrates a union election with her fellow workers

Transparency and accountability are at the heart of ensuring that workers can freely choose a union and bargain for better wages and working conditions. Read how the government of Mexico is making public millions of union documents to promote union democracy.