Jan 18, 2019

Savings to support Entrepreneurial Women

Woman farmer supported by library program
Woman farmer supported by library program

“I have been part of the project for 2 years and I feel very grateful for the opportunity to do new things, especially handicrafts with pine needles. This initiative of entrepreneurship helps us to generate our own economic income and even more, with new products that only we elaborate. My experience in the project is very successful because I have developed and discovered many capabilities that I had not developed before” says a women benefited by Women for success project of Gabriela Mistral Library, in San Juan Chamelco (Guatemala).

Women of San Juan Chamelco (Guatemala) have developed a Community Savings and Loan Fund, which will let to strength their entrepreneurial activities. With this initiative, women have saved $3,649 (18 women); only in December, each one saved $202. This Saving initiative are letting to improve two kinds of entrepreneurial activities of women:

1. Products made of pine needles

  • Women has the support of a Tourism Local Company Turismo Verapaz, for the promotion of Products made of pine needles. This alliance has improved new opportunities of commerce and increase women’s incomes.
  • Two local interinstitutional networks has been organized to strength women participation
  • An environmental project has been defined to use the pine needle and to support the sustainability of the women’s efforts
  • Women’s group achieved the financing of Weaving Academy ($6,757) which will develop the women’s capacities to income generation.

2. Crops and Orchards

In winter season, women grew vegetables and legumes for family consumption. The surplus of the harvest was sold in local markets.

This Reading program is being supported by all “Glogbalgivinners” and BFB Foundation.

The Riecken Guatemala Foundation empowers girls and women through its network of community libraries.

In Guatemala, 970 women have strengthened their social skills through programs in Riecken Community Libraries. With stronger social skills and willingness to be actively involved in the community, they have learned to organize fairs featuring handicrafts and other products, wherein the women take advantage of dialogue opportunities with visitors to raise awareness about gender discrimination and violence against women.

Learn more about the work of the Riecken Foundation and its network of community libraries in Guatemala.

Handcrafts elaborated with pine needles
Handcrafts elaborated with pine needles

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Oct 23, 2018

Improving behavioral changes in children health

Mother after Reading Training in Chiche
Mother after Reading Training in Chiche

The Riecken Foundation believes that reading to children from an early age (0-5 years), stimulates the mind, develops language, and builds a base to ensure the success of reading in the future. The parents are childrens’ first teachers; so they need to be provided with tools and activities they can do with their families to promote reading at an early age and develop a reading habit that will continue throughout life.

Riecken Community Libraries are betting that growth of young children is best achieved in a healthy environment, at home, in school and in the community, key areas where critical knowledge and values for life are acquired. The libraries offer best practices for infant feeding through reading programs in coordination with health center programs that are responsible for the height and weight measurement of children and mothers over time, key indicators in child development. The interaction between mothers and parents with the children, against a backdrop of community support is essential to the program success.

Strengthening Riecken Community Libraries in Guatemala to improve healthier communities

The library staff in Chiché seized this opportunity with these mothers and responded directly to the community’s need to address the local challenge of high infant and child malnutrition. The Chiché Community Library “Ventanas abiertas al futuro”, developed an early childhood literacy and nutrition class to teach new parents child care and nutrition, including hands-on preparation of nutritional, appropriate, affordable foods for babies and young children, and the importance of reading and interacting with infants and toddlers as a critical part of healthy child development. Using a training guide and other materials, they are training to improve the knowledge of parents and caregivers of children to improve behavioral changes and the modification of inappropriate habits in child maternal health and nutrition through the stimulation of reading and promotion of good practices in hygiene, food and nutrition.

While a library may initially not seem to be the best place to address issues of chronic childhood malnutrition, for the past five years many Riecken community libraries have been doing so. The success we witness today is the result of overall collaboration, sharing and mutual respect, among USAID/ASHA, the Riecken Foundation, and local governments, health and education authorities of each community.

Learn more about the work of the Riecken Foundation and its network of community libraries in Guatemala.

Reader mother at Library
Reader mother at Library
Reading Techniques for a better Children nutrition
Reading Techniques for a better Children nutrition

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Oct 23, 2018

Girl Readers empowered by Reading at Libraries

Girl Readers in San Juan Chamelco
Girl Readers in San Juan Chamelco

"I have been happy to be the coordinator of 14 girls because I like to share with them and know what they like. I am motivated to help young people to be innovative people of their own futures. For me, I feel satisfied to see how the girls who want to improve their personal lives through reading ", says Elvira, a reader and leader girl of Ventanas abiertas al futuro Library, in Chiché (Guatemala).

One of the greatest successes of Riecken Community Libraries is how girl readers develop their emotional skills to get ahead. They strengthen their leadership skills and social commitment as individuals. Teamwork and planning means that they themselves can visualize a future of success. Reading is not just a matter of fun; with reading, young people and girl readers promote their leadership skills and the appropriation of their rights to support community social cohesion in rural communities of Guatemala. The formative process of adolescents is based on the model focused on positive development and competence during adolescence (Benson, Scales, Hamilton and Sesman, 2006, Damon, 2004, Larson, 2000). Our approach methodology is focused on the following competences of youth emotional development: 1. Social, 2. Ethical, 3. Personal and healthy habits, 4. Cognitive and 5. Emotional Intelligence.

Young people participate in a guided reading process (Brilliant Minds) based on three steps (Read, Discover and Act) and focuses on the following aspects of Emotional development:

- Values (Honesty, Responsibility and Self-concept)

- I feel good in class (Education)

- Nobody understands me (Family - relationships / roles)

- I love myself, I take care of myself (Health)

Mentes Brillantes (Brilliam Minds) is a program improved by Communy libraries of Guatemala and has been designed for young people (patojos and patojas of Guatemala) to promote reading, writing, the exploration of values and qualities of leadership in each young person. It is an opportunity for young people to discover many things through reading and action. There are many options of books and texts that the young person can choose, everything will depend on the topic that is of interest, this could be about sports, courtship, science, environment, adventure, etc.

Each young person participates in the program individually in his free time and at the speed that suits him.

Learn more about the work of the Riecken Foundation and how libraries empowers girls and women in Guatemala.

A girl Reader accessing to Brilliant Mind's index
A girl Reader accessing to Brilliant Mind's index
Elvira and the other Girl Leaders
Elvira and the other Girl Leaders

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