Luisa stands outside the taxi she drives in Bolivia.
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.
Aracely (holding papers) enjoys working with the local Unbound mothers group.
Confidence, it seems, can be contagious. For Aracely, an Unbound scholarship student and sponsored youth, it has also been liberating.
Josphat, a sponsored youth and scholar in Kenya.
By Regina Mburu, Unbound communications liaison for Africa
When Josphat was a young boy, he would go to bed hungry. He would often dream about becoming a teacher when he grew up, but since his mother didn’t even have enough money for food, paying school fees was out of the question.
But somewhere in the back of his mind, Josphat never gave up on his dreams.
Adilia, a sponsored youth in El Salvador.
Adilia is in her last year of college in El Salvador studying business with an emphasis in tourism. She knows that her key for success is education.
She said her challenge is to overcome her reality, and she opened her arms wide to show her home.
“We are a family living in poverty,” she said.
Boni stands outside his home in the Philippines.
Electricity powers many things you might consider basic necessities. It may even be the reason behind how you’re able to read this right now. Many, however, might consider it a luxury.
Bonifacio, or Boni as his friends call him, doesn’t have electricity in his home. His family doesn’t have the money to pay for it, so at night he studies for his college exams and does his homework by a small kerosene lamp.
A mothers group in Guatemala elects its new president or “guide.”
Unbound believes in the wisdom of mothers. Our mothers group model operates from the basic belief that mothers are capable, resourceful people and helps mothers gain self-confidence.
We met with a mothers group in Guatemala who shared the process of electing a president for the group and how this process helps empower each woman.
Jorge, 19, from Mexico.
Jorge and his family spending time together.
When Jorge joined the Unbound program nearly eight years ago he was just 11 years old. He and his family lived in a small town two hours outside of Monterrey, Mexico. The six family members lived in a home with only two rooms, one for sleeping and the other for everything else.
Susana, 14, from Nicaragua and her mother, Maria.
It’s 3 a.m. in northwestern Nicaragua, with sunrise still more than two hours away, and sisters Susana and Jazmin are already waking up. Together they grind corn they prepared the night before into flour. Their mother, Maria, starts a fire in their wood-burning stove. Then, while Jazmin showers and prepares for school, Susana helps Maria make tortillas.
Dumagat elders perform a traditional ceremony as part of their Indigenous People celebration.
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is Aug. 9, and we thought it was fitting to hear from a few sponsored youth from the Dumagat tribe, an indigenous community in the Philippines, about their heritage and hopes for the future.
Flor flashes a grin as she cooks a tortilla in her family’s kitchen.
Flor starts her day at 4 a.m. She wakes up, brushes her teeth and then grinds corn so her grandmother can make and sell tortillas. She then works as a nanny from 6 until around noon. After that she tries to spend some time with her family before she heads out again for her night classes from 6 until around 10. After class, she takes the bus home and gets ready for bed.
“That’s my daily routine,” she said. “That’s how my beautiful days are.”