Women and youth in the periphery neighborhoods of Recife, Brazil, face the harsh legacy of decades of public underinvestment in education, health, sanitation, and effective security. Not surprisingly, they often do not have the basic resources with which to live up to their potential as individuals and citizens. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to expand economic opportunity and democratic governance through vocational training and civic engagement. Our grantee partner, Casa da Mulher do Nordeste (CMN), supports a multifaceted program to empower women and young people in the Passarinho community of Recife. The program provides training and income generation opportunities as well as increases participants’ ability to engage with local officials and increase public transparency in order to improve socioeconomic conditions.