This post is part of #GivingTuesday's #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who are making a difference in their communities.

Ana Maria Leon Romero, Director, CDC Community Development Center

What inspired you to start giving?

Give as freely as you have received!

What does giving mean to you? Why do you continue to give your time, talents, money, or more to your community?

I like to relate with people, to get to know their cultural context and experiences. Talk with them and reinforce the idea that they can get ahead in our society. I believe that serving the community is the best way to create links that help you understand the different realities that many people live day to day.

What would you tell others who are looking to start giving back? Share a piece of advice will help them get started.

When you start to serve others, you realize that many times you go with expectations of giving and you get too much from each shared experience.

Be humble and loving with each person you can help, do not expect anything in return, because it is better to give than to receive.

Please share a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered or donated to an organization.

My favorite moment was in October 2017 when we held the closing event of the Entrepreneurship and Economic Reactivation project in Leonidas Plaza community at Manabi where we worked with 100 families after the earthquake occurred in April 2016.

We work particularly with women in empowerment and each month we visited them to teach them new tools so that they can rise economically, we create bonds of friendship and affection. On the day of the closing, the whole community agreed and made a farewell meeting, they cooked and gave us words of affection, we ended the day praying together and thanking God for a year of blessing.