Ambrocia embroiders blankets with the Unbound logo to support her family.
Ambrocia learned how to embroider when she was just 10 years old.
“My neighbor Emilia showed me the skills,” Ambrocia said. “I remember her words, ‘Learn because you never know when it may come in handy.'”
And at the age of 47, this Guatemalan mom is using the skill she learned all those years ago from a kind neighbor to support her family.
Regine (center) with her parents, Judith (left) and Reynald (right), who run an ice cream business. They prepare ice cream each day in a small area of their home in the Philippines and sell it in the community.
Judith (left) and Reynald (right) make their morning batch of ice cream — strawberry and mango!
This Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, and we’re celebrating by honoring an Unbound family who makes their living from ice cream! If you don’t already have a bowl of your favorite cold treat ready to enjoy, you will definitely be craving one after reading this.
John, 60, is the father of a young woman sponsored through Unbound in Uganda.
By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa
In a small village in rural Uganda, we visit John at his small shop. He cheerfully, pulls up chairs for me and the Ugandan staff member accompanying me on my visit. John’s daughter Christine is sponsored through Unbound.
I glance around the shop and see that the shelves are filled with neatly arranged goods.
A customer walks in and John excuses himself. John serves the customer in a polite manner. I can tell that he enjoys his work as a shopkeeper by the way he carries himself.
Sandra (left) and the group of mothers who started a business making traditional Mayan clothing.
Stop for a moment to consider the clothes you’re wearing. For the majority of Americans, it’s likely the fabric was woven on a machine loom and the garment pieces cut and stitched using an overlock sewing machine in a distant country.
But for Sandra, a mother of two sponsored children in Guatemala, the process of making clothes is much closer to home.
Ana sells snacks from her food cart.
While some may think of Cancun, Mexico, as a popular tourist spot, others consider it home.
Ana and her family live in Cancun, and although she lives in a beautiful place, life there has been challenging. After her husband suffered a work-related injury he was unable to work for a long time.
“It was a hard time in our lives,” Ana said. “We did not have any income.”
Serfina makes a pot using clay she and her grandchildren collected from a nearby river.
Serfina, left, and grandchildren Bella, Jordan and Brian show off three clay pots Serfina made.
With three orphaned grandchildren left in her care, Serfina knew she needed a more reliable source of income than farming, which was susceptible to drought and crop failures. So she learned the art of making clay pots.
Looking at this photo, you might see a work of art. A sculpture carefully crafted, textured and painted to convey a new meaning for each new angle it’s viewed from. Or maybe, and more accurately, you see a mushroom farm.
For Guatemalan mother Ana, this mound of chopped corncobs, corn husks and mushroom cultures represents another step toward economic self-sufficiency.
Selvin holds up a handful of cocoa beans.
Margarita (left) helps lift a roaster full of cocoa beans off the fire.
Happy (almost) Chocolate Day! Tomorrow, Oct. 28, is National Chocolate Day. To celebrate, we’re sharing the story of Margarita in Guatemala. Chocolate is an important part of Margarita’s life. And not just hers, but her community’s as well.
“[Chocolate is] the way that I earn for my family’s food expenses and my children’s school expenses,” Margarita said. “When customers place an order, I know how much I will earn for my children. …”
Chocolate is also important for others in my community because sometimes I need help and I give them work. I ask for their help to peel and roast cocoa beans. It takes about 10 people to peel 100 pounds of cocoa beans in one or two days.”
Continue reading Margarita’s story
From left: Caroline, Jane, David and Caleb.
Happy Father’s Day from Unbound! To help celebrate all the awesome dads out there, we want to share the story of David from Kenya. He has enough fatherly love in his heart that, in addition to raising his own children, he also took in his nieces and nephew when their parents died.
Read more about David and his family here.
CFCA’s third annual Market Day in Guatemala featured food, fun and a chance for families to showcase products they sell as part of CFCA livelihood programs.
During the summer, festivals and fairs spring up all over the world offering guests delicious snacks, games, entertainment, and more.
The story is no different in Guatemala, where families of sponsored children come together once a year to create CFCA’s annual Market Day celebration.
Around the world with Unbound