Aug 2, 2021

Receiving Albertina's gratitude

Albertina weaving a band for a sun hat.
Albertina weaving a band for a sun hat.

The Community Finance Guatemala (CFG) team works hard to understand how the services we offer are actually benefiting the women we serve. Our CFG Program Director, Wilfred, recently took the opportunity to visit several of the women that participate in both a Savings and Solidarity group and the rapidly growing artisan business, Ixoq’i. Ixoq’i recently became an officially registered small business in Guatemala and has become an income generating initiative for not only the participating women but for CFG itself!

Wilfred regularly expresses how great it feels to receive the gratitude of women such as Albertina, and then to share that gratitude with the greater Generosity Network of supporters like you. Albertina spoke with Wilfred about how many women, mothers in particular, have benefited from CFG’s support.

She said that “mothers don’t have many opportunities to work and it is hard to depend only on the fathers, who sometimes do not have work.” She then went on to say that “in my personal life [working for Ixoq’i] has helped me a lot with my children, to be able to give them, maybe not everything, but to cover their needs.”

The peace of mind that comes from knowing that the family’s survival is not completely dependent upon just one source of income is one of the greatest gifts the mothers we support have received. And in return they have given us the gift of gratitude, and well wishes.

Just as Wilfred passes on this gratitude to us, may you now receive it and pass it on to others.

“Thank you to Wilfred, and to all the people who made it possible for this project to come [to Tonajuyu].” -Albertina



Wilfred recorded a part of his conversation (in Spanish) with Albertina which you can see below: 


Jun 11, 2021

Update #10 - The results are in...

Special Mother's Day Meal
Special Mother's Day Meal

On May 17, 2021 our 2020 cohort of Community Health Leaders took their final examination.

I was nervous for them, and expecting their scores to be lower than usual.

The course has started just before DR went into quarantine due to COVID-19; they then spent months without lessons. Then the group spent a few more months receiving pre-recorded classes virtually. They weren’t able to visit their neighbors to share the information they were learning. When in-person training finally resumed, the women had to wear masks and maintain distance as much as possible. There wasn’t as much opportunity to develop the bonds of friendship that usually form within most cohorts.

All in all, the odds were against this group of 9 women being as successful as other groups we’ve had.

As is often the case, though, the common adversity they face made these women stronger and more dedicated.

One of the last lessons given taught the ladies how to give injections. Most practiced on oranges, but a few of the braver students also practiced on their fellow classmates. The next day several participants wrote to their group to share their success in giving insulin shots to their neighbors. They weren’t letting COVID stop them from serving their communities with their new knowledge.

In addition, whatever friendships this cohort wasn’t able to form in person, they made up for in their group chat. I’ve never seen any other group communicate as actively as this one – they are constantly sending encouraging messages (as well as teasing jokes) to keep each other smiling and inspired.

And lastly, every single student scored 90 or above on their final exam, demonstrating their determination to master the health information that they know will benefit themselves, their families, and their communities.

Rather than being one of the least successful cohorts, this group has turned out to be the highest achieving.

We’re proud of all out graduates, but this group has truly blown us away. Well done, ladies!

Lesson on How to Give Shots
Lesson on How to Give Shots
Final Exam Scores
Final Exam Scores
Jun 2, 2021

Thank You

We at GRACE Cares offer our deepest thanks to everyone who gave to this project page to support two important education projects led by local heroes with Project Hearts in Baitoa, Dominican Republic and the Munali Youth Empowerment Program (MYEP) in Lusaka Province, Zambia. With your generous donations, Project Hearts will soon begin their next cycle of Community Health Leadership training and MYEP is able to provide more books to more children nine years of age and younger. No more funds are needed at this time so we are taking down this project page, but we wanted you to know that this initiative that you gave to will improve the quality of life for the people of Baitoa and the children of Lusaka Province and we are forever grateful for your generosity.

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