We talk a lot about creating opportunities and connecting you to students, teachers and families in Guatemala to create a lasting impact. Check out exactly who that is and what we’re up to!
Our sponsors are paired with students from impoverished backgrounds who are provided with a high-quality education from the Education for the Children Foundation’s School of Hope and beyond. Here, they’re empowered to become motivated, confident and employable; a different take on sponsorships as sponsors will follow the student from kindergarten on to further education (high school and university). This leads to rewarding employment that will improve their quality of life, help them break free from the cycle of poverty and become leaders of change in their communities.
Our pilot micro-loan was given to create a local bakery or panaderia. What started as a quite literal mom and pop business has already seen tremendous growth! 20+ products are freshly made and sold to the community, 2 NGOs, 5 restaurants in Antigua and 8 area schools. The bakery, now called Bread Bros has already outgrown its original location and moved to a new one in San Lucas and has grown to 5 employees with a plan to hire even more. The bakers and operations team not only receive hands-on mentoring from us, but also nationally-certified training classes on baking and business development. The business is profitable, and the team is now paying back the loan, where this money will be reinvested right back into the community.
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Our year-long Training/Mentorship Program launches in 2020 at La Escuela de Chicamen just down the road from Panaderia Apoyo and at the Eduction for the Children Foundation’s School of Hope! Each teacher is paired with a sponsor, and Ali New will lead 1-1 professional developments. When the teachers have met the requirements set forth by our team and the school administrators, they will receive an item off of their sponsor-funded classroom supplies wish list. We are so excited to see the growth of these teachers, and subsequently, their students.
Kimberly graduated from a local fashion and design school on an EFTC scholarship and continued to study in more specialized design courses. She dreamed of one day owning her own clothing business, she just needed a little financial help to make that happen. She applied for and won our first Entrepreneurship grant, and hit the ground running. What started out as a business sewing masks during the pandemic now has a bright future of growth ahead!