Category Archives : Small business

Stitches of Hope November 20, 2018

Carmen grew up with seven siblings! With all those kids, there was never quite enough to go around. Carmen vowed she’d do better by her own family someday.

But she wound up with four kids of her own – and now one grandchild! Making ends meet in Peru’s economy is tough. Her parents could barely feed all of them. As soon as she was old enough, Carmen dropped out of school to find a job.

After she had her first child, Carmen decided she needed to go back and finish high school. (more…)

New Kid on the Farm May 3, 2018

A boy crouches beside a goat, holding a bowl of food for it and petting its neck as it eats.

Goats are changing Dominic’s future.

Who doesn’t love spring? The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and cute baby animals are being born. Everybody loves baby animals – there’s something so sweet and cuddly about them. But our excitement about meeting a puppy or kitten can’t match Dominic’s excitement for the coming of a new kid goat!

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Boss of her own future April 27, 2018

Verginia’s biggest dream is to be the boss. But growing up in Haiti, she had few opportunities to succeed.

When she was a young girl, Verginia’s parents scraped together enough money to send her to trade school where she learned to sew. They all hoped that someday she would be able to afford a sewing machine of her own. That was when her dream started.

A woman stands in a doorway with her arms folded across her chest.

Verginia strikes her best “boss pose.”

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“It’s Never Too Late” August 28, 2017

Do you believe in miracles? When I hear stories like Alta’s, I have no doubts at all. Miracles happen!

Alta, Kenia and Ismelda struggled to survive for years. But this sewing machine is changing everything!

When Alta was just 17, she was able to go to a sewing trade school. She took to it naturally, rapidly absorbing everything she could. More importantly she loved every minute of it! She dreamed of using her new skills to start her own business someday. Sewing was a way for her to build a future away from the poverty she’d grown up in. (more…)

Giving Goats! May 16, 2016

This is the first blog in our #GoBeyondHope Series, featuring on-the-ground updates from Annette and Nathan as they visit our ministry locations in Kenya and Uganda.

African Road

Coming back to Africa has been great! Right from the get go, when you step off the plane, you’re surrounded by the familiar and pleasant scent of Africa… like a mixture of dry grasses and wood smoke. It always puts a smile on my face.

It has only been a few days but already we have seen so much. Where do I start!? (more…)

Help from a bag of Fritos March 1, 2016

Rocio fumbles to remove the arm bands of her crutches from her forearms and then plops into a well-worn and fabric-frayed chair. Another long day was behind her and it felt good to sit down again.

Rocio

Abandoned by her husband, Rocio was left with three children to care for in the desert-like community of Comas, Peru. Years ago, the emotional and financial pain of abandonment had left her depressed and unable to care for her children. And just when she thought things couldn’t get any worse, they did.

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