Category Archives: Bolivia

Oct 12 2015

5 inspiring girls, women for Day of the Girl

Yesterday, on Oct. 11, the world celebrated International Day of the Girl. The day was made official by the United Nations in 2011, and was created “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”

Unbound celebrates girls and women on Oct. 11 and every other day of the year. We provide encouragement and support for moms through Unbound mothers groups. We provide loans to mothers so they can start start small businesses and we support girls and young women as they pursue and continue their educations.

Check out these stories from Unbound about girls and women building a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

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Aug 26 2015

Driving positive change

Luisa stands outside the taxi she drives in Bolivia.

Luisa stands outside the taxi she drives in Bolivia.

A taxi driver’s life can be dangerous. Unknown passengers, unsafe locations, heavy traffic, severe weather and the time of day can affect the outcome of each fare. But when the taxi driver is a woman living in Bolivia, accepting fares on a graveyard shift, the danger is much greater.
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Aug 14 2015

A thousand kisses from Rufino

Rufino, right, with his wife, Teresa.

Rufino, right, with his wife, Teresa.

Rufino is an elder in Bolivia waiting for a sponsor, and he’s ready to send his sponsor some love.

“I would appreciate, respect and be forever grateful to my sponsor,” Rufino said. “I would say to come here, I would like to hug you and give you a thousand kisses.”

Rufino is 69 years old and lives with his wife in a small one-room home. He is blind in one eye and his wife has hip problems. Because of their health concerns, the pair is unable to work and find it difficult to meet their basic needs. At times, they don’t even have enough to eat.

“I try to visit the [Unbound] office to see if I already have a sponsor,” Rufino said. “I think receiving someone’s friendship and support brings great joy to the heart.”

Rufino likes taking care of his plants and his wife, Teresa. On the weekends he watches soccer games at the local field. Since he’s lost much of his vision, though, he’s no longer able to read, an activity he used to enjoy.

Rufino dreams of living the rest of his life happy with his plants and his wife. He just needs a sponsor to help him through his twilight years.

A sponsor for Rufino would mean he and his wife would have a meal on the table, medical care and emotional support from their community and sponsor.

Editor’s note: Since this blog was published, Rufino has found a sponsor. Click here to find other elders waiting for a sponsor.

Jul 22 2015

What does your sponsorship contribution provide?

Sponsored child Rodrigo gives his mother, Elizabeth, a kiss outside their home in El Salvador.

Sponsored child Rodrigo gives his mother, Elizabeth, a kiss outside their home in El Salvador.

Unbound’s sponsorship program is unique. We empower families to have the primary voice in making decisions that will impact their lives. Our program is so personalized you might even say we have more than 300,000 sponsorship programs — one for each individual sponsored through Unbound.

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Jul 15 2015

Cindy needs a sponsor

Some little girls dream about being a princess, but Cindy in Bolivia dreams of becoming a teacher when she grows up. With a sponsor, Cindy’s dreams can come true.

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Florencia and three of her children inside her vegetable garden.
Jun 29 2015

Urban gardening in Bolivia

From left: Florencia, her daughters Carina and Mikaela and her son Giancarlo, center.

From left: Florencia, her daughters Carina and Mikaela and her son Giancarlo, center.

Florencia used to beg her husband for enough change to purchase a small amount of vegetable so she could make soup for her children.

“Most of the time, I just prepared it with water and very few vegetables,” Florencia said.

Florencia is the mother of four children, two of whom are sponsored through Unbound in Bolivia. Florencia participates in the Unbound urban agriculture program in her area, which means begging for spare change is no longer part of Florencia’s routine.

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Maria Elena (right) embraces her daughter Maria Angelica.
May 13 2015

Donating the gift of life

Maria Elena (right) embraces her daughter Maria Angelica.

Maria Elena (right) embraces her daughter Maria Angelica.

Maria Angelica has grown up around nurses and hospitals.

Born almost three months early, she spent much of her first four years in the hospital before being diagnosed with kidney failure and a tumor in her liver. Though the doctors were able to remove the tumor, Maria Angelica’s health continued to worsen. She needed a new kidney, but the waiting list was long and knowledge about organ donation was almost nonexistent in Bolivia in the late 90s.

“It is too difficult to find a donor,” said Maria Elena, Maria Angelica’s mother. “When they went to sign up my daughter, she was number 600 on that list. It is very difficult; there is no awareness to donate organs here.”

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Salvadoran mother Maria with sons Diego (left) and Osacar (right), who is sponsored through Unbound.
May 8 2015

Happy Mother’s Day!

Salvadoran mother Maria with sons Diego (left) and Osacar (right), who is sponsored through Unbound.

Salvadoran mother Maria with sons Diego (left) and Osacar (right), who is sponsored through Unbound.

Happy Mother’s Day from Unbound! As you get ready to celebrate your mom on Sunday, take a moment to check out all these amazing moms from around the world. They are overcoming great odds to give their children better futures.

And don’t forget to share your Mother’s Day photos with us on Monday. Post a photo on Instagram of your mom or a photo of you with your mom, tag @Unboundorg and use the hashtag #MotherMonday.

Unbound Trailblazer
Feb 27 2015

$1 a mile goes a long way

When asked what people should know about her, Marybeth Stucker said, “I tend to talk obsessively about the things I am passionate about … entrepreneurship, running, Unbound … and really good food!”

Marybeth learned of Unbound in 2006 when a priest visited her hometown parish in Cincinnati to talk about the organization’s work with children and elders. The priest’s message resonated with Marybeth, prompting her into action.

“Even though I was only 16 at the time, I really wanted to help a young girl in need,” Marybeth said. “I used my earnings from my part-time job at a bakery to pay my monthly sponsorship.”

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Guatemalan children reading
Sep 5 2014

Fighting poverty with literacy

Guatemalan children reading

Sponsored children in Guatemala practice their reading skills.

International Literacy Day is Sept. 8. It was started by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) and first celebrated in 1966. The observance helps raise awareness that there are millions of people worldwide who lack basic reading and writing skills. Numerous studies have shown a direct link between illiteracy and poverty, especially as more jobs require reading skills.

What do you think your life would be like if you couldn’t read?

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