Staff & Volunteers

 
  Patricia Suriel,  Founder and Executive Director  Patricia Thorndike Suriel has been passionate about alleviating extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic since 1992 when she first arrived on the island of Hispaniola. Beginning with collecting donations of a few books through her adventure travel company, Iguana Mama, to create the first library, she then joined with friends, colleagues, and volunteers from around the world to mobilize the establishment of the first educational nonprofit, The DREAM Project, in Cabarete. For these pioneer initiatives she received the Outstanding Citizen Award from the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic, which recognizes contributions made by a U.S. citizen abroad. After serving the Cabarete community and advocating for equal access to quality education for more than 15 years, Suriel recognized a critical need for innovative programs specifically for girls. In 2009, in partnership with a group of passionate advisors, donors, volunteers and community members, Suriel founded The Mariposa DR Foundation – a nonprofit dedicated to educating and empowering girls to end generational poverty. Today, the Mariposa Center for Girls in Cabarete, Dominican Republic serves more than 150 girls ages 8-21 and their families and has hosted over 2,000 international visitors who are eager to learn about Mariposa’s work.

Patricia Suriel, Founder and Executive Director

Patricia Thorndike Suriel has been passionate about alleviating extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic since 1992 when she first arrived on the island of Hispaniola. Beginning with collecting donations of a few books through her adventure travel company, Iguana Mama, to create the first library, she then joined with friends, colleagues, and volunteers from around the world to mobilize the establishment of the first educational nonprofit, The DREAM Project, in Cabarete. For these pioneer initiatives she received the Outstanding Citizen Award from the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic, which recognizes contributions made by a U.S. citizen abroad. After serving the Cabarete community and advocating for equal access to quality education for more than 15 years, Suriel recognized a critical need for innovative programs specifically for girls. In 2009, in partnership with a group of passionate advisors, donors, volunteers and community members, Suriel founded The Mariposa DR Foundation – a nonprofit dedicated to educating and empowering girls to end generational poverty. Today, the Mariposa Center for Girls in Cabarete, Dominican Republic serves more than 150 girls ages 8-21 and their families and has hosted over 2,000 international visitors who are eager to learn about Mariposa’s work.

  Jessica Lawson,  Co-Founder  Jessica’s love affair with the Dominican Republic began in 2003 when she first came to Cabarete on vacation. Her work was instrumental in the formation of the Mariposa DR Foundation, earning her the Martin Luther King Social Justice award from her alma mater, Dartmouth College. Now back in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois, Jessica continues to champion for girls in the Dominican Republic and raise awareness of how educating and empowering young women is the only way to affect lasting change.

Jessica Lawson, Co-Founder

Jessica’s love affair with the Dominican Republic began in 2003 when she first came to Cabarete on vacation. Her work was instrumental in the formation of the Mariposa DR Foundation, earning her the Martin Luther King Social Justice award from her alma mater, Dartmouth College. Now back in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois, Jessica continues to champion for girls in the Dominican Republic and raise awareness of how educating and empowering young women is the only way to affect lasting change.

  Amanda Bucci,  Program Coordinator and Director of Art & Culture  Originally from California, Amanda Bucci graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Sociology and later studied traditional midwifery in Puerto Rico. After traveling extensively through the developing world, she joined Peace Corps and served as a volunteer in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (2002-2004). Amanda has a broad knowledge and years of practical experience in the area of sustainability and environmental education. Here at the foundation, she coordinates our environmental programs and shares her expertise in this area with over 600 volunteers a year. Amanda and her family happily live “off-the-grid” in a small sustainable farm on the north coast.

Amanda Bucci, Program Coordinator and Director of Art & Culture

Originally from California, Amanda Bucci graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Sociology and later studied traditional midwifery in Puerto Rico. After traveling extensively through the developing world, she joined Peace Corps and served as a volunteer in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (2002-2004). Amanda has a broad knowledge and years of practical experience in the area of sustainability and environmental education. Here at the foundation, she coordinates our environmental programs and shares her expertise in this area with over 600 volunteers a year. Amanda and her family happily live “off-the-grid” in a small sustainable farm on the north coast.

  Pamela Cuadros,  Graphic Designer & Surfing Mentor  Pamela’s passion for graphics began in her early teen years and has since blossomed into a successful career in graphic design. She studied Graphic Design, Fine Arts and Art Direction at Altos de Chavon School of Design and the School of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo, and Advertising in the University APEC (Universidad Acción Pro-Educación y Cultura). Pamela is originally from Santo Domingo, and decided to move to the North Coast nine years ago to become an independent graphic designer and enjoy the waves. She is the in-house graphic designer for Mariposa, lending her talents to the “Cabarete Responsible Tourism & Investment Guide” and our other publications. An avid surfer, she gives lessons to our girls and is fluent in Spanish and English. She hopes to one day have the equipment at the center to teach our older Mariposas graphic design as part of the job skills program!

Pamela Cuadros, Graphic Designer & Surfing Mentor

Pamela’s passion for graphics began in her early teen years and has since blossomed into a successful career in graphic design. She studied Graphic Design, Fine Arts and Art Direction at Altos de Chavon School of Design and the School of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo, and Advertising in the University APEC (Universidad Acción Pro-Educación y Cultura). Pamela is originally from Santo Domingo, and decided to move to the North Coast nine years ago to become an independent graphic designer and enjoy the waves. She is the in-house graphic designer for Mariposa, lending her talents to the “Cabarete Responsible Tourism & Investment Guide” and our other publications. An avid surfer, she gives lessons to our girls and is fluent in Spanish and English. She hopes to one day have the equipment at the center to teach our older Mariposas graphic design as part of the job skills program!

  Aislinn Doyle,  Development & Volunteer Relations Specialist  Aislinn had been with the Mariposa DR Foundation since the beginning, first as a volunteer and then as an Executive Board Member. She served as President of the Board from 2011-2017. Aislinn has a Master’s degree in education from Harvard and her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. She is based out of Massachusetts, but gets down to the DR as often as she can.

Aislinn Doyle, Development & Volunteer Relations Specialist

Aislinn had been with the Mariposa DR Foundation since the beginning, first as a volunteer and then as an Executive Board Member. She served as President of the Board from 2011-2017. Aislinn has a Master’s degree in education from Harvard and her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. She is based out of Massachusetts, but gets down to the DR as often as she can.

  Yahaira Lopez,  Office Manager  Yahaira started her first job in 2006 at The DREAM Project and iIn 2009, she followed Suriel to Cabarete Coffee Company where she became the top barista and shop manager. Yahaira is now the office manager at The Mariposa Center for Girls. Yahaira holds a degree in marketing from UTESA in Puerto Plata and has a young daughter, Zoe. Yahaira is a great role model for all the Mariposa girls and a shining example of what an empowered young woman can accomplish in her community.

Yahaira Lopez, Office Manager

Yahaira started her first job in 2006 at The DREAM Project and iIn 2009, she followed Suriel to Cabarete Coffee Company where she became the top barista and shop manager. Yahaira is now the office manager at The Mariposa Center for Girls. Yahaira holds a degree in marketing from UTESA in Puerto Plata and has a young daughter, Zoe. Yahaira is a great role model for all the Mariposa girls and a shining example of what an empowered young woman can accomplish in her community.

  Jessica Mace,  Deputy Director  Jessica has over 15 years of experience working with non-governmental organizations in the US and the DR, primarily in the areas of program and project management, new business development, and social and behavior change communication. Jessica is talented in designing innovative projects and leading teams to achieve results. She holds a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Gonzaga University. Jessica is originally from Portland, Oregon.

Jessica Mace, Deputy Director

Jessica has over 15 years of experience working with non-governmental organizations in the US and the DR, primarily in the areas of program and project management, new business development, and social and behavior change communication. Jessica is talented in designing innovative projects and leading teams to achieve results. She holds a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Gonzaga University. Jessica is originally from Portland, Oregon.

  Alexandra Milián Martinez,  Psychologist  Alexandra is a clinical psychologist who joined the Mariposa team to work with the girls and their families. Alexandra comes to us from CEPROSH, a free HIV/AIDS clinic located in Puerto Plata, where she also runs the children’s program. Alexandra worked at CEPROSH for four years where she did hundreds of home visits and facilitated workshops on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. As a full time Mariposa team member, Alexandra continues her work with the children’s program at CEPROSH every Wednesday. Alexandra is a native Dominican and very passionate about educating and empowering women and girls and spreading awareness about healthy living.

Alexandra Milián Martinez, Psychologist

Alexandra is a clinical psychologist who joined the Mariposa team to work with the girls and their families. Alexandra comes to us from CEPROSH, a free HIV/AIDS clinic located in Puerto Plata, where she also runs the children’s program. Alexandra worked at CEPROSH for four years where she did hundreds of home visits and facilitated workshops on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. As a full time Mariposa team member, Alexandra continues her work with the children’s program at CEPROSH every Wednesday. Alexandra is a native Dominican and very passionate about educating and empowering women and girls and spreading awareness about healthy living.

  Fernanda Garcia,  Program Assistant  Fernanda is a talented young woman who graduated from Mariposa programs to work for the Foundation. As the sixth of eight children, she is one of the few people in her family who has finished high school. At Mariposa, Fernanda enjoys being part of of a wonderful team and being able to give back by sharing what she learned with the girls at the Center. She hopes to be a great example to her two children, the girls at Mariposa and her community.

Fernanda Garcia, Program Assistant

Fernanda is a talented young woman who graduated from Mariposa programs to work for the Foundation. As the sixth of eight children, she is one of the few people in her family who has finished high school. At Mariposa, Fernanda enjoys being part of of a wonderful team and being able to give back by sharing what she learned with the girls at the Center. She hopes to be a great example to her two children, the girls at Mariposa and her community.

  Dilsaurys Mercado,  Literacy Guide & Librarian  A Cabarete local, Dilsaurys joined our team at the beginning of 2018 as a skilled educator and library administrator. While she is not working at Mariposa, Dilsaurys attends the Technical University of Santiago, where she is completing her studies in early childhood education. At Mariposa, Dilsaurys teaches reading, oversees both the young adult and children’s library, and assists with one-on-one tutoring. Dilsaurys aims to grow and develop as an educator so she can continue to give back to her community.

Dilsaurys Mercado, Literacy Guide & Librarian

A Cabarete local, Dilsaurys joined our team at the beginning of 2018 as a skilled educator and library administrator. While she is not working at Mariposa, Dilsaurys attends the Technical University of Santiago, where she is completing her studies in early childhood education. At Mariposa, Dilsaurys teaches reading, oversees both the young adult and children’s library, and assists with one-on-one tutoring. Dilsaurys aims to grow and develop as an educator so she can continue to give back to her community.

  Miriam Orellana,  Program Coordinator  Miriam is originally from Bolivia but has lived in the Dominican Republic for over 5 years. Miriam has more than 20 years of experience working in development and program management in a variety of capacities. She is polyglot and is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Miriam Graduated from United World Colleges and has served in the  UWC  International Board, Bolivian National Committee and right now as President of the Dominican Republic National Committee. Here at Mariposa, Miriam will be working to better develop our Mariposa Volando Program and supporting programs and management in a variety of ways.

Miriam Orellana, Program Coordinator

Miriam is originally from Bolivia but has lived in the Dominican Republic for over 5 years. Miriam has more than 20 years of experience working in development and program management in a variety of capacities. She is polyglot and is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Miriam Graduated from United World Colleges and has served in the UWC International Board, Bolivian National Committee and right now as President of the Dominican Republic National Committee. Here at Mariposa, Miriam will be working to better develop our Mariposa Volando Program and supporting programs and management in a variety of ways.

  Yanaira Rodriguez,  Administrative Assistant  Yanaira is a full-time intern at Mariposa, working at the front office as an administrative assistant. Yanaira is a Mariposa Volando, and has been with the Foundation since she was 11. With Mariposa’s support, she studies business administration and has plans to run a business one day.

Yanaira Rodriguez, Administrative Assistant

Yanaira is a full-time intern at Mariposa, working at the front office as an administrative assistant. Yanaira is a Mariposa Volando, and has been with the Foundation since she was 11. With Mariposa’s support, she studies business administration and has plans to run a business one day.

  Pauline Bromberg,  Long-Term Volunteer  Hailing from Palo Alto, California, Pauline Bromberg is excited to be back in the Dominican Republic. She first visited the Mariposa DR Foundation while in high school and fell in love with Mariposa’s mission and the DR. Pauline will be volunteering during her gap year before she heads off to the Dual BA Program between Columbia University and Sciences Po next year. In her free time, Pauline loves to practice wushu, a martial art she has done since she was 8 and is currently a second degree Black Belt in, which she cannot wait to share with the girls at Mariposa.

Pauline Bromberg, Long-Term Volunteer

Hailing from Palo Alto, California, Pauline Bromberg is excited to be back in the Dominican Republic. She first visited the Mariposa DR Foundation while in high school and fell in love with Mariposa’s mission and the DR. Pauline will be volunteering during her gap year before she heads off to the Dual BA Program between Columbia University and Sciences Po next year. In her free time, Pauline loves to practice wushu, a martial art she has done since she was 8 and is currently a second degree Black Belt in, which she cannot wait to share with the girls at Mariposa.


  Amelia De Paola,  Princeton in Latin America Fellow/Long-Term Volunteer  Amelia graduated Georgetown University in 2017 with a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Science, Technology & International Affairs, focusing on global health. She is excited to use her background as a pre-health student and EMT to lead health classes for the Mariposa girls, and her experience in global health advocacy and strategic communications to support Mariposa’s storytelling and digital media efforts. Amelia firmly believes that investing in health, education and opportunity for young girls can change the world and is beyond excited to join Mariposa DR Foundation for her Princeton in Latin America Fellowship year.

Amelia De Paola, Princeton in Latin America Fellow/Long-Term Volunteer

Amelia graduated Georgetown University in 2017 with a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Science, Technology & International Affairs, focusing on global health. She is excited to use her background as a pre-health student and EMT to lead health classes for the Mariposa girls, and her experience in global health advocacy and strategic communications to support Mariposa’s storytelling and digital media efforts. Amelia firmly believes that investing in health, education and opportunity for young girls can change the world and is beyond excited to join Mariposa DR Foundation for her Princeton in Latin America Fellowship year.

  Rebeca Dugue,  Program Assistant  Originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Rebecca Dugue has now lived in Cabarete for 18 years. She loves music and reading and likes to explore new things. Besides her work in tutoring at Mariposa DR Foundation, Dugue is completing her bachelor's degree in psychology at the Technical University of Santiago. From a young age, she has worked with various communities by leading reading-clubs and organizing early childhood programming for parents. It is a pleasure to dedicate her energy and love where the results of her work are apparent.

Rebeca Dugue, Program Assistant

Originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Rebecca Dugue has now lived in Cabarete for 18 years. She loves music and reading and likes to explore new things. Besides her work in tutoring at Mariposa DR Foundation, Dugue is completing her bachelor's degree in psychology at the Technical University of Santiago. From a young age, she has worked with various communities by leading reading-clubs and organizing early childhood programming for parents. It is a pleasure to dedicate her energy and love where the results of her work are apparent.

  Beatriz Duran-Becerra,  Princeton in Latin America Fellow/Long-Term Volunteer  Betty is a year-long volunteer at Mariposa and a Princeton in Latin America Fellow. She was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, but has also lived in San Antonio, Texas. She recently graduated from Columbia University (2018) with a B.A in Psychology. In the summer of 2017, Betty completed a global health fellowship in La Romana, Dominican Republic through ICAP at Columbia. She is excited to be teaching health classes at Mariposa, and to continue promoting comprehensive health education among youth.

Beatriz Duran-Becerra, Princeton in Latin America Fellow/Long-Term Volunteer

Betty is a year-long volunteer at Mariposa and a Princeton in Latin America Fellow. She was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, but has also lived in San Antonio, Texas. She recently graduated from Columbia University (2018) with a B.A in Psychology. In the summer of 2017, Betty completed a global health fellowship in La Romana, Dominican Republic through ICAP at Columbia. She is excited to be teaching health classes at Mariposa, and to continue promoting comprehensive health education among youth.

  Victor Filpo,  Princeton in Latin America Fellow/Long-Term Volunteer  Victor graduated from Middlebury College in 2016 with a concentration in Japanese and minors in Portuguese and Education Studies. His love for Middlebury encouraged him to stay an additional two years at his alma matter, where he worked as an Admissions Counselor who recruited and helped select each incoming class. Now, Victor is ready take a break from­­ Vermont and NYC to return to the DR—where he will work as a martial arts and dance instructor at the Mariposa Foundation.

Victor Filpo, Princeton in Latin America Fellow/Long-Term Volunteer

Victor graduated from Middlebury College in 2016 with a concentration in Japanese and minors in Portuguese and Education Studies. His love for Middlebury encouraged him to stay an additional two years at his alma matter, where he worked as an Admissions Counselor who recruited and helped select each incoming class. Now, Victor is ready take a break from­­ Vermont and NYC to return to the DR—where he will work as a martial arts and dance instructor at the Mariposa Foundation.

  Johana Mata,  Princeton in Latin America Fellow/Long-Term Volunteer  Johana Mata was born in Mexico and raised in Houston, Texas. She recently graduated from Wellesley College, class of 2017, with a degree in international relations and French. She is excited to be a year-long volunteer through the Princeton in Latin America fellowship at Mariposa, and both teach the Mariposa girls and learn more about non-profit administration at an organization dedicated to supporting the world’s most powerful force for change! After her year at Mariposa, Johana hopes to return to graduate school, and also pursue a career in international development.

Johana Mata, Princeton in Latin America Fellow/Long-Term Volunteer

Johana Mata was born in Mexico and raised in Houston, Texas. She recently graduated from Wellesley College, class of 2017, with a degree in international relations and French. She is excited to be a year-long volunteer through the Princeton in Latin America fellowship at Mariposa, and both teach the Mariposa girls and learn more about non-profit administration at an organization dedicated to supporting the world’s most powerful force for change! After her year at Mariposa, Johana hopes to return to graduate school, and also pursue a career in international development.

  Sandra Ruiz,  MIddlebury Fellow/Long-term volunteer  Sandra is originally from El Salvador but moved to Los Angeles, California at a young age. Sandra recently graduated from Middlebury College with a major in Latin American Studies. Since high school, Sandra has danced and performed for a couple of student-led dance crews. Sandra is looking forward to connecting with the young women at the Mariposa Foundation through dancing. Sandra is excited for the growth and adventures waiting for them in DR.

Sandra Ruiz, MIddlebury Fellow/Long-term volunteer

Sandra is originally from El Salvador but moved to Los Angeles, California at a young age. Sandra recently graduated from Middlebury College with a major in Latin American Studies. Since high school, Sandra has danced and performed for a couple of student-led dance crews. Sandra is looking forward to connecting with the young women at the Mariposa Foundation through dancing. Sandra is excited for the growth and adventures waiting for them in DR.

  Vanessa Smith , Project Manager, Museum of the Girl/ Senior Princeton in Latin America Fellow/ Returning Long-Term Volunteer  Vanessa Smith is a recent graduate from Princeton University. While in school, she majored in Anthropology and minored in Latin American Studies and Spanish. During her time at Princeton she was fortunate to be captain of the Princeton Women’s Varsity Basketball team, and to be involved in other creative student-led initiatives on campus such as mentoring programs and volunteering. Here at the center, she teaches leadership classes, current events, social activism, history and wellness. She has also been involved in the planning processes for our upcoming Museum of the Girl. She is so excited to be working with our girls and looks forward to another promising year!

Vanessa Smith, Project Manager, Museum of the Girl/ Senior Princeton in Latin America Fellow/ Returning Long-Term Volunteer

Vanessa Smith is a recent graduate from Princeton University. While in school, she majored in Anthropology and minored in Latin American Studies and Spanish. During her time at Princeton she was fortunate to be captain of the Princeton Women’s Varsity Basketball team, and to be involved in other creative student-led initiatives on campus such as mentoring programs and volunteering. Here at the center, she teaches leadership classes, current events, social activism, history and wellness. She has also been involved in the planning processes for our upcoming Museum of the Girl. She is so excited to be working with our girls and looks forward to another promising year!

  Emma Wingreen,  Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Fellow/Honorary Princeton in Latin America Fellow/Returning Long-term volunteer  Emma Wingreen is a second-year volunteer at Mariposa. She recently graduated from Princeton University with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School and certificates in Latin American Studies and Spanish Language and Culture. This past year at Mariposa DR Foundation, she implemented a digital literacy campaign and taught a number of Introduction to STEM and Robotics courses for girls and young women. In her second year, she is excited to continue teaching and to take on new responsibilities in her role as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Fellow.

Emma Wingreen, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Fellow/Honorary Princeton in Latin America Fellow/Returning Long-term volunteer

Emma Wingreen is a second-year volunteer at Mariposa. She recently graduated from Princeton University with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School and certificates in Latin American Studies and Spanish Language and Culture. This past year at Mariposa DR Foundation, she implemented a digital literacy campaign and taught a number of Introduction to STEM and Robotics courses for girls and young women. In her second year, she is excited to continue teaching and to take on new responsibilities in her role as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Fellow.

  Yany "Gladys" Almonte,  Kitchen Staff  Gladys is in charge of our kitchen and all the meals we serve to our girls. Vital to our commitment to provide healthy and consistent nutrition to Mariposa girls, Gladys prepares and serves breakfast and afternoon snack to all of our girls everyday. She also aids in the cleaning and maintenance of our eatery, and has offered a helping hand in our cooking classes. As an older sister of a graduated Mariposa, Gladys has seen the positive impact that our programs have and is passionate about her contributions to our team.

Yany "Gladys" Almonte, Kitchen Staff

Gladys is in charge of our kitchen and all the meals we serve to our girls. Vital to our commitment to provide healthy and consistent nutrition to Mariposa girls, Gladys prepares and serves breakfast and afternoon snack to all of our girls everyday. She also aids in the cleaning and maintenance of our eatery, and has offered a helping hand in our cooking classes. As an older sister of a graduated Mariposa, Gladys has seen the positive impact that our programs have and is passionate about her contributions to our team.

  Maria Alexandra Rivas,  Production Supervisor, Mariposa Upcycled Sails  Maria Alexandra Rivas Lopez has a degree in Education and her teaching experience includes 2 years teaching a special needs child and 5 years working in a private school with children 6-8 years old. As a teacher she focuses not just on teaching content, but also uses mediating strategies to develop sensitivity towards animals and the environment, as well as social and emotional learning for personal growth and daily life. At Mariposa she works in our literacy program and also sews in our Mariposa Upcycled Sails social enterprise.

Maria Alexandra Rivas, Production Supervisor, Mariposa Upcycled Sails

Maria Alexandra Rivas Lopez has a degree in Education and her teaching experience includes 2 years teaching a special needs child and 5 years working in a private school with children 6-8 years old. As a teacher she focuses not just on teaching content, but also uses mediating strategies to develop sensitivity towards animals and the environment, as well as social and emotional learning for personal growth and daily life. At Mariposa she works in our literacy program and also sews in our Mariposa Upcycled Sails social enterprise.

  Luis Sosa,  General Services  Born in Cabarete and raised in the countryside near Río San Juan, Luís brings his love of the countryside and knowledge of native plants and trees, and their care, to Mariposa. Luís enjoys working to ensure a safe and clean learning space for our girls. His responsibilities range from pool maintenance to kitchen help, and he works alongside Jelsi in property and facility maintenance.

Luis Sosa, General Services

Born in Cabarete and raised in the countryside near Río San Juan, Luís brings his love of the countryside and knowledge of native plants and trees, and their care, to Mariposa. Luís enjoys working to ensure a safe and clean learning space for our girls. His responsibilities range from pool maintenance to kitchen help, and he works alongside Jelsi in property and facility maintenance.

  Belkys Ynoa , Seamstress, Mariposa Upcycled Sails  A Mariposa mother, Belkys began working as a seamstress in our Upcycled project two years ago. She assists in the production and design of our Upcycled products, which include backpacks, wristlets, and reusable shopping bags. She also assists in sewing classes for Mariposa girls. A mother of three, Belkys enjoys being a part of a team dedicated to educating and uplifting girls in her community.

Belkys Ynoa, Seamstress, Mariposa Upcycled Sails

A Mariposa mother, Belkys began working as a seamstress in our Upcycled project two years ago. She assists in the production and design of our Upcycled products, which include backpacks, wristlets, and reusable shopping bags. She also assists in sewing classes for Mariposa girls. A mother of three, Belkys enjoys being a part of a team dedicated to educating and uplifting girls in her community.