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