Tag: small business

Romelia gathers eggs from her chickens.
Sep 16 2016

Putting her eggs in more than one basket

Romelia gathers eggs from her chickens.

Romelia gathers eggs from her chickens.

For Romelia, the answer to the age-old question about which came first, the chicken or the egg, is simple. It was the chicken, with the egg following close behind. And, just in case you’re wondering what came third, the answer is the sweater.

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John is a father of eight in Uganda. His daughter Christine is sponsored through Unbound. To support his family, he took loans from the Unbound parents group he participates in to open up his own store.
Sep 5 2016

Hard-working parents — photo essay

Charito is the mother of two sponsored children in the Philippines. She is part of an initiative that uses water hyacinth (water lily), which grows in abundance near her community, to create a plant-based leather substitute. They use it to create a variety of products, such as shoes, bags, folders and backpacks. Charito is in charge of drying and cleaning the plants after they have been harvested by scraping off extra fibers, which she is doing in the photo above.

Through supports groups and livelihood programs, Unbound supports the hard-working parents of sponsored children around the world to help them develop their natural talents, so they can create sustainable sources of income to support their families and work their way out of poverty.

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Ambrocia displays one of the finished blankets with the Unbound logo.
Jul 29 2016

A stitch ahead

Ambrocia embroiders blankets with the Unbound logo to support her family.

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.

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Reynald heads down the boulevard in Dipolog city, seeking the best spot to set up for the day.
Jul 15 2016

Success with a cherry on top

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.

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John, 60, is the father of a young woman sponsored through Unbound in Uganda.
Feb 29 2016

Small shop, big dreams

John, 60, is the father of a young woman sponsored through Unbound in Uganda.

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.

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Sandra (left) and the group of mothers who started a business making traditional Mayan clothing.
Dec 28 2015

Guatemalan moms make traditional clothing

Sandra (left) and the group of mothers who started a business making traditional Mayan clothing.

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.

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Ana sells snacks from her food cart.
Dec 4 2015

Corn on the cob in Cancun

Ana sells snacks from her food cart.

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.”
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Serafina-FEATIMG
Oct 26 2015

Grandmother’s work as a potter sustains family

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.


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From left: Dora, Ana, Maria S., Maria Eva and Maria Y. are part of a mothers group through Unbound in Guatemala.
Apr 8 2015

Creating more choices for mothers in Guatemala

Mushrooms
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.

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Chocolate day
Oct 27 2014

Happy Chocolate Day!

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.”

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