CFCA strives to help families achieve economic self-sufficiency. The Hope for a Family program aims to partner with families so that over time they may rely less on benefits from CFCA and more on their own income-generation activities to meet their basic needs.
We recently heard from our Hyderabad project in India about several mothers of sponsored children who are exemplifying the potential of families living in poverty. Here’s the story of Prakash and her sister Jesintha ó enjoy!
In 2010, my sister, Jesintha, and I started a food stand called Curry Point.
We prepare food items like dal, sambar, potato fry, brinjal curry, tomato pickle and chapattis (Indian bread) and other foods. We sell our meals at reasonable rates, so it is affordable for many.
I am Prakash. My sister and I are part of a mothers group in Hyderabad, India. She has a son sponsored through CFCA, and my son is sponsored as well.
My sister and I both took out a loan from each of our mothers groups to start this curry business. Read more
We recently heard from our Hyderabad project in India about several mothers of sponsored children who are exemplifying the potential of families living in poverty. Here’s the story of Sathya – enjoy!
My family and I live in a remote village in India.
My husband used to be a contract worker; the income he earned was not enough to support our family.
I had an opportunity to take out a loan through my mothers group.
I talked with my husband, and we both shared the idea of opening a store in our village.
He supported my idea and agreed to purchase the required materials for the store.
First, I opened the store in our home.
I soon repaid the first loan, and I took out another loan to purchase a kiosk made with wood.
After that was repaid, I asked for a third loan to buy a refrigerator to keep a few cool drinks in the store.
After a few years, my husband left his job and is helping me run the business. Read more
We recently heard from our Hyderabad project in India about several mothers of sponsored children who are exemplifying the potential of families living in poverty. Hereís the story of Md. Baby ó enjoy!
I was married at an early age. My husband died after the birth of our only son Anwar.
Since then, my problems increased.
I learned to sew after my husband passed away, and I used to go the fields to work as a daily laborer to provide for my family.
When I heard about CFCA sponsorship, I went to apply for the program.
The sponsorship program has given a new hope for me in the form of self-help groups.
As I already knew how to sew, I was interested in opening a tailoring shop that also sells sewing items. Read the rest of Md. Baby’s story
For some families, a college savings plan has four legs, is covered in hair and eats from a slop bucket.
Raising livestock provides additional income for many sponsored friends and their families, and some take out loans through CFCA to help meet family needs such as education.
Margaret, mother of a sponsored youth in India, did just that to help her son, Paulus, pay for his tuition and realize his educational dreams.
“It gave new hope for our future,” Margaret said.
Margaret and her husband, James, live in a small town near Bhagalpur, India. Other than agriculture, there is little opportunity for business in their village.
Margaret and James wanted their son to receive a quality education, but with the nearest college located 24 hours from their home, it was going to be a challenge.
With the help of his CFCA sponsorship and his familyís contribution, Paulus was able to pay for his tuition, as well as room and board, and is receiving a quality education to prepare him for engineering school.
When Collins, a young boy in Kenya, joined the Hope for a Family sponsorship program, his mother Roseline embraced the CFCA mothers group and took steps to transform her family’s life.
“In our group we share ideas on business ventures and we also encourage each other on personal matters. Ö Our slogan is ‘Jikaze,’ which means ‘do not give up,'” Roseline said.
Through the Hope for a Family sponsorship program, CFCA offers opportunities for families to achieve economic self-sufficiency through mothers groups and other activities.
Roseline is the secretary for her mothers group. She takes the minutes at each meeting and is also the signatory.
Through the mothers group, Roseline has been able to start her own business, something that would not have been possible without the loan she received from her mothers group last September.
Roseline used the loan to purchase 23 tins of millet, which is a type of grain grown widely around the world for cereal. Roseline re-sells the millet to earn additional income for her family.
She has since opened a bank account to save the profits she earns because she is planning to expand her business in the future.
“I would like to encourage my fellow mothers to work hard and make use of the help that CFCA gives them through the CFCA support groups,” Roseline said. “My wish is to see my children succeed in life and help the needy in society.”
Violence is a challenge that many families in Mexico face. In several communities the drug and gang violence has increased dramatically, which has driven some sponsored friends and their families from their homes.
The project staffs have to think of creative ways to help sponsored friends and their families while protecting themselves at the same time.
The Hope for a Family program conducts activities in safe locations that raise awareness among families about positive values and conflict resolution.
Many of the families are led by single mothers, and CFCA small community groups provide mothers with livelihood training workshops, encouragement and support.
We asked two of these mothers, Gloria and Maty, how the Hope for a Family program has helped them with the challenges they face.
Gloria’s 16-year-old son, Juan, was sponsored for 10 years. She was once the leader of her mothers committee and is now in charge of serving eight smaller CFCA communities in the Guadalupe project.
Describe some of the biggest challenges that you have faced as a mother and as a woman.
As a mother, my challenge is raising my child. He is becoming a teenager and his behavior has changed.
I [hope] he will keep practicing values that I, as his mother, tried to instill in him to be a better person.
As a woman, I wish to overcome [obstacles] in life with the opportunities that CFCA offers me. I am very thankful.
How and why did you decide to be a leader in your mothers committee?
I was elected by many mothers and I wanted to participate; of course, I never imagined being in the place that I am now.
What did you learn from this experience and how has it helped you personally?
I learned to listen to people and to help others in need. My participation gave me a lot of satisfaction.
It’s never too late to learn!
That’s one lesson that mothers of sponsored children taught Diego Felipe Coj Guarchaj, a CFCA staff member in Guatemala who has worked with CFCA for 13 years.
It began in 2007, when CFCA staffers started a literacy program in the town of Nahuala for mothers who wanted to learn how to read and write.
CFCA scholars taught the mothers as part of their community service project.
In 2008 more mothers wanted to learn, so the CFCA office in Nahuala contacted Guatemala’s national committee for literacy, a government-run institution that helps people finish their primary education.
In 2011 more than 75 mothers graduated from primary school with that literacy program.
Several of these mothers expressed a desire to continue their education, so the CFCA office encouraged them to apply for CFCA scholarships.
In 2012, Diego said 23 mothers and two fathers are now CFCA scholars. Classes include natural science, social studies, math, computers and writing.
“Twenty-three of the students are in seventh grade, one is in eighth grade, and one mother is in her first year of high school,” Diego said.
(Related link: Read more about the value of education for sponsored children in Guatemala.)
In a country where only 15.6 percent of the female population is educated to at least a secondary level of schooling (think junior high), according to the Human Development Index, the mothers’ achievements show their perseverance despite tremendous challenges. Read more
We’re posting a series of blog posts on what success looks like for CFCA. Here are some goals of the Hope for a Family program, and stories that exemplify how those goals are being met in the field. We hope it encourages you, as it does us, to see hope growing in families.
GOAL: We want to empower families to develop their own means of support, so that they come to rely more on themselves and less on the Hope for a Family program.
Jorge Mario is a scholarship student in Guatemala. His CFCA scholarship provides a modest stipend to pay for his educational expenses, but the scholarship alone is not enough to cover all Jorge’s costs.
His brother, Luis, realized this, and began a jam- and jelly-making project to supplement Jorge’s income.
Luis started the project because he dreamed of creating sources of employment and opportunities for the youth in his community.
Currently, seven CFCA scholarship students participate in the project. They operate a small business, selling the jars at a modest profit.
When combined with their scholarship, the students earn enough from the jam business to pay for their educational expenses.
Jorge Mario is working toward his bachelor’s degree in agroforestry. Most of Jorge Mario’s educational costs are for transportation to and from school, and he says the jam- and jelly-making business makes it possible for him to move forward. Read more
Editor’s note: Some of the names of people mentioned in this blog post have been changed to ensure their privacy and protection.
Our goal at CFCA is to help families build a path out of poverty. And we mean it. So we frequently seek to grow and improve our programs.
We want to know if what we’re doing is successful. It matters to us, to the families we serve and to the people who trust us with their support.
We hear encouraging stories of how the Hope for a Family program is changing families’ lives. We thought you might want to hear those stories, too.
Over the next few weeks we’ll share some of our goals with you, along with stories that exemplify how they’re being met in the field.
We hope it encourages you, as it does us, to see hope growing in families.
GOAL: We want families to become self-sustaining, relying on their own income-generating activities to feed their families and plan for the future.
CFCA works with families in Heredia, Costa Rica, a rapidly industrializing community about six miles north of San Jose.
The reality for families living in Heredia is harsh. They live in slums and struggle with social problems. Many live in river basins or dangerous areas threatened by landslides.
In a rough area such as this, hope can be just out of arm’s reach. But the CFCA mothers groups, support and income-generating groups for mothers of sponsored children, give these mothers an extra boost.
Marcela and Nora are two mothers of CFCA sponsored children in Heredia who taught 15 other mothers to sew.
These mothers in turn taught members of their CFCA mothers groups. Read more