Marcelino prepares bola-bola on his food cart.
Food carts are part of everyday life in the Philippines, and one of the popular snacks offered is bola-bola. Bola-bola is made from fish that has been pounded into a paste, rolled into balls and fried. Customers skewer a piece from the vendor’s frying pan and dip the tasty treat in a sauce of their choice.
Marcelino owns one of these food carts and sells bola-bola. His daughter Jenny is sponsored through Unbound. Jenny’s sponsorship supplements the income Marcelino makes from farming and the food cart, helping the family meet their basic needs and build a path out of poverty.
Marcelino uses what he makes selling bola-bola to help pay his children’s school fees. His goal is to help his children get a good education and achieve their dreams.
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Kavya meets with other mothers and Unbound social workers at mothers group meetings.
Kavya displays some of the clothing items she has made in her shop.
Tomorrow is International Day of Families, and here at Unbound we love celebrating families. In honor of this special day, we want to share Kavya’s story. She started her own clothing store to help support her family.
Before Kavya had her own clothing store, she worried about her family’s financial future. Her husband worked as a driver and his erratic job schedule made it difficult for them to make ends meet.
“The idea of my husband working odd hours and not being paid enough to run a family of four members always had me disturbed,” she said. “I thought I could put my skills of tailoring to work and start a shop of my own.”
Carlos and his mother, Wendy, make enchiladas to sell.
By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor
Poverty creates challenges that can thrust adult worries and responsibilities on children. That’s certainly true for sponsored child Carlos from El Salvador.
At just 11 years old, Carlos takes his role as the oldest child and older brother seriously, especially since his father left shortly after his younger brother, Byron, was born.
Carlos experienced the joy of becoming a big brother when his mom, Wendy, gave birth to Byron in 2008. Unfortunately, Byron was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which meant he would need special care and medical treatment.
Maria stands proud with her eighth-grade students.
Sometimes the best gift someone can receive is encouragement. That’s exactly what Maria, a 34-year-old mother of three from the Dominican Republic, received from her friends and loved ones.
As a volunteer at the local Unbound office, Maria received lots of encouragement, and eventually a scholarship, from the community there when she made her decision to finish high school and pursue a teaching degree.
One of her biggest supporters was her father-in-law, who told her, “Do not give up.”
Read more about Maria’s journey here.
Innamma, a mother in India, used microloans from her mothers group to start a dairy business.
Learn how Innamma pays for her children’s education with help from her four-legged friends, whom she met because she joined a mothers group!
A street running through India’s Rasoolpura slum.
Mothers of sponsored children visit the bank together to withdraw funds to pay their children’s school fees.
Mothers work together to plan their budgets before going to the bank.
Unbound staff members look over the budgets proposed by the mothers.
For many living in poverty in places like India’s Rasoolpura slum, thoughts of saving money and having a bank account are distant dreams. Many have never even stepped foot inside a bank.
In India, Unbound sets up individual bank accounts for sponsored children and youth in which funds sent by sponsors are deposited. For children who are underage, the mothers manage the bank accounts. The mothers work with each other and the Unbound staff to make budgets and plan how the funds will be used for their children’s best interests.
Having a bank account is an empowering, uplifting experience for the mothers.
Read more about their experience here.