Dec 23 2011

‘Hope for a family’ market day in Guatemala

By Luis CocÛn, communications center liaison for CFCA in Guatemala

Recently CFCA’s Hermano Pedro project in Guatemala organized its first public market called “Hope for a family market.”

Edgar, CFCA scholar, and family at market day in Guatemala

CFCA scholar Edgar, right, and his mother sell cheese at the market day in the Guatemalan community of Santo Domingo.

More than 200 mothers of sponsored children showed up to sell their goods, and more than 400 people in the community of Santo Domingo came to purchase and taste a wide variety of products and services.

Local CFCA staff members in Santo Domingo organized the market to showcase the products that mothers of sponsored children have grown from CFCA’s sustainable sponsorship benefits, such as seeds, trees, animals, fertilizer, fabrics, livelihood programs, etc.

In this way mothers sold items such as corn, beans, bananas, plantains, herbs, chili peppers, tangerines, papaya, oranges, watermelon, yucca, chocolate, coffee, cheese, sausages, tamales, fruit drinks, baskets, hens, chickens, turkeys, napkins, clothing and much more.

“We no longer give a bag of food, but sustainable sponsorship benefits,” said Josefina Poz, coordinator of the CFCA community in Santo Domingo. “That is what we are seeing today, the results of those benefits. We have seen families convinced that they can work this way. They are not satisfied just with receiving things; now they are motivated to work and produce, and that motivates us.” Read more

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Sep 20 2011

Guatemalan moms sell chickens in sponsorship program

Gerver Churunel from our communications center in Guatemala sent us this note about chickens as part of CFCA sponsorship benefits. Never underestimate the power of poultry to make positive change!

CFCA mothers of sponsored children buy chickens at Guatemala market

Mothers of sponsored children buy chickens at market day near the CFCA office in San Jose Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

The Hermano Pedro project in Guatemala is encouraging the growth and self-sufficiency of families in the sponsorship program through investment benefits.

Unlike consumption benefits, investment benefits gain in value from the time they are distributed. A piglet becomes a pig, a seed becomes a fruit-producing plant, etc.

The CFCA community in San Jose Quetzaltenango in western Guatemala delivered chicks as family benefits.

The staff coordinated a market near the CFCA office where mothers sold their adult chickens to other sponsored friends and their families.

“This idea started in 2010 with the Hope for a Family program. The intention of this is to support families so that they generate their own development,” said Floridalma PÈrez, the Quetzaltenango coordinator. Read more

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