By Celina, mother of two sponsored children in Colombia
My goal has always been to have my own house. That was my biggest dream, but I could never save enough money to buy a home.
When my children joined the program, Elvia, an Unbound staff member, started to talk about mothers groups and how we could develop our skills.
We made a poster with our dreams, and I chose to use a picture of a house. Elvia told us that we can reach our goals as long as we establish clear goals.
After that meeting, I started to think about the first step in reaching my dreams. I started to attend Unbound workshops frequently to gain motivation.
I was unemployed, and we needed to have a bank account with money before we qualified for government-subsidized housing. I had just 50.000 pesos (about $28 US) in my pocket. I asked the bank about the process and learned I needed 60.000 pesos (about $33 US) to open a bank account. Read more