GOAL 1: Economic Independence and Mobility—Can she choose where she lives, where she works, and the type of life she wants to lead?
The per capita annual income in Guatemala is $3500 USD, and Starfish’s goal is for each graduate to exceed that amount after graduating from the program. All Girl Pioneers live below the poverty line (roughly $1000/year or less) when they join the Starfish program. Currently, 87 percent of the 152 graduates are working and earning money for their families, 30 percent employed at either a school or NGO. Twelve percent of all graduates have already exceeded the income goal, and 43 percent are working in the formal economy. If we also include the number of graduates studying as “on track” toward economic autonomy and mobility, 91 percent of graduates are on their way to reach this goal.