Leadership Development Testimonials
“I am a more effective leader now”
Ready to Empower’s guidance has helped our organization Árbol de Esperanza to empower more than 1,000 women and their families in our community. Ready to Empower helped equip me with appropriate resources to personally become a stronger and more effective leader in my work with helping at-risk women in my community.
- Karen Jara
“RTE has strengthened my leadership skills”
Ready To Empower has allowed me to explore my personal and professional skills. RTE has strengthened my leadership skills and helped me to recognize areas needed to improve the quality of my life and the life of many women in Costa Rica. It has allowed me to accompany them, encouraging more women to take a step forward, stimulating their economic, social, and personal development, autonomy, and their life project. Working with Ready to Empower is an experience that makes you grow, with a sensitive and human eye to understand the complex dynamics that many women face.
- Mariam Rodríguez
Women Participants Testimonials
“I wake up wanting to live, I am a completely new person”
Today, I feel great, I feel like another person. I no longer feel bad like I used to feel every day. The mental health support helped me find meaning in life. I wake up wanting to live, I am a completely new person. I can face difficulties in life and can now focus on learning new skills like sewing and pursuing my dreams of running my business. RTE help change my life and I am extremely grateful for that.
“I feel confident now that I can make my own money to provide for my family”
I am now stitching blouses daily and making about 1000 rupees per week. I am finally able to help support my family, and I feel confident now that I can make my own money to provide for my family. By having access to sewing classes and my very own sewing machine, my life is changing. I am so thankful for RTE for helping me.
“I am now motivated in life and don't want to give up”
I was struggling with health issues for a long time and needed support and resources to help support my mental health and physical health. When I joined RTE’s Empowerment Program I was able to improve my mental health by going regularly to therapy and getting nutritional support from a nutritionist. Little by little, I became more and more empowered and began to feel healthier and overall happier in life. I now know how to help myself, and I am so grateful for the support RTE has provided to me because I am now motivated in life and don’t want to give up.
“I loved being able to explore my love for helping others”
Ready to Empower provided me the opportunity to expand my knowledge of not-for-profits and the business world, along with discovering other areas of such work that I excel in. I loved being able to explore my love for helping others and learning from Amanda and her team of how to do so. I genuinely believe that my experience with RTE has not only changed my career path, but also my appreciation for all the organizations working to change the world for the better.
- Cristiana Villani
“Strengthen my skills such as analytical thinking, creativity, and leadership”
Ready To Empower has given me the opportunity to learn more about the nonprofit world as well as the hard work that goes into it. RTE has allowed me to develop and strengthen my skills such as analytical thinking, creativity, and leadership. It has provided me the opportunity to work with others who share the same passion of helping others and as well as coming together to find innovative ways to spread awareness of who RTE is, fundraising, as well as what more can we do to help empower the women who are in need of our help. I thank you Amanda Ready for having the strength and determination for creating such a powerful organization that has already changed the lives of so many people and for allowing me to be a part of this change.
- Tanya Shankar
“A unique opportunity to give back and meet other people committed to making the world a better place”
Volunteering with Ready to Empower has given me a unique opportunity to give back and meet other people committed to making the world a better place. It has been so rewarding working with the other volunteers and the staff in Costa Rica to empower them to build Árbol de Esperanza into a strong non profit. I believe in the empowerment model and Ready to Empower’s theory of change, and hope to continue to help them expand their work.
- Catherine Aprile