In a community in Nicaragua close to the border of Honduras, many girls work from a young age selling produce and products to people crossing the border. Poverty forces them to earn a living to provide for their families and pay school fees.
But by working on the streets, they are exposed to risks like exploitation, harassment, prostitution, and human trafficking.
Plan International has implemented a program called Successful and Protected to help girls working as street venders. The program equips girls from 10 different communities with the knowledge and tools they need to protect themselves from violence.
It also provides entrepreneurship and business management training, giving the girls an opportunity to start their own businesses away from the streets—allowing them to have a safer and more empowered future.
Meet some of the girls who are turning their lives around.