May 14, 2019

Multiplying Your Fruits!

Observing the Process
Observing the Process

The Chumanzana Women’s group members are now able to multiply the fruit tees  they already have for family and for profit.  Maria  was very happy to learn this new skill - graphing a peach tree.  She said it was a very simple to do.  She had never seen this method before.  She said that now that she has learned how, she plans to do many graphs on the apple, avocado, peach,and plum trees she has on her land.  She can use what she learned to produce seedlings of the different fruit trees to sell, bringing in more needed income for her family.  She thanks YOU, the supporters of the Kateri Fund, for providing activities like this, which help break the cycle of poverty.  She was very happy to participate with the other women  in this activity.

Candelaria Sut, manager of the program, arranged the workshop in which the women learned how to graph different kinds of fruit trees, especially by layer graphing.  This is graphing in the branch of a tree.  The women did their graphing in the branch of a peach tree.  First, they peeled one centimeter of the bark of the branch where they wanted to make the graph. Second, they put a coconut shell over the place where they had peeled the bark, covered it with nylon, and tied it tightly with string so that the roots will begin to grow there.  The roots appear in about 40 days.  When the roots are ready, they will take off the coconut shell, cut off the branch, and transplant it into the ground or a large pot.  This type of graph is very effective because the branch where the graft is made does not die and continues to live and produce peaches.

Simple activities like this give the woman another way to provide food for their family and to add to their income by producing things to sell to their neighbors.  It is a benefit to the whole community.   It fulfills our motto of Everything is possible with a little help from a FRIEND!  Thank you for being a FRIEND.

Tying the Graft
Tying the Graft
Maria Learning a New Skill
Maria Learning a New Skill
An Attentive Group
An Attentive Group
May 14, 2019

Aura Is Learning to be a Professional at Work

Aura, Ready for Work
Aura, Ready for Work

As we think the best report comes from the young women in the program, we are sending Aura's most recent report on her internship at  an accounting firm inher hometown.

Dear Friends,

Thanks to your support, I have started working at an accounting firm called Finance and Business Consultants.  I work with five others.  We each have our own job.

The business has three different functions: cashier, accounting, and credit.  I am in charge of the cash transactions for the G & T Bank and one accounting client.  As cashier, I attend to the people who come to deposit cash, cash checks, withdraw money, etc.

My first week, I entered information in the books by hand.  Then they asked me what I knew how to do.  I told them that I could do declarations and tabulations, so they assigned me clients to check payments against bills.  I did those well, so they assigned me other tasks.

The work goes well, since I am learning a lot every day.  The manager of the accounting firm says that it is important that I overcome my shyness.  When I attend to the clients, I am very nervous, but I am struggling to present myself with confidence, saying, “It is a pleasure to serve you.  Can I help you in something more?”  I want to do an excellent job and I am working hard to accomplish my goal.

I feel very happy to be working in the office.  My family helps me because this is an opportunity to strengthen my knowledge of my profession.  Each day my knowledge grows.

Thank you for your support.

Attentively,

Aura

Mar 7, 2019

New Year Begins for Scholarship Students

Darli Junior high graduate
Darli Junior high graduate

The new term started in January. Most of the Kateri students will be in high school this year. The students were excited to renew their friendships with their Kateri friends at the first meeting in February.  Margarita and Yessica are in 8th grade. They will finish junior high in 2019.  Darli finished 8th grade in 2018.  There the curriculum was a general study including reading and writing in Spanish, mathematics and practical problem solving, social studies, and cultural awareness. She now joins Carmen, Gloria, Ingrid, Mayra, Milvia, and Alicia in high school. The high school curriculum is based on their choice of career.  Carmen is especially excited because she will graduate in October this year as a trained bookkeeper.

The scholarships your support provides assist families with tuition, purchase of books and school supplies, uniforms and shoes for school attendance.  Having a student in school full time means that the families not only have these extra expenses, but they lose the earning power of one member of their family.

Thanks to Luke Alessandroni’s Spanish classes at Lick Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, CA. we are able to send translations of monthly letters to their sponsors. We are tremendously grateful to these volunteer translators.

Thank you for the following feedback from a GlobalGiving Sponsor 2019:  "It has been a pleasure to see the young women in this program move on to work in their profession. A small but powerful force. Getting monthly reports from these young women is a validation that my money is leading to something better for them.

We are taking part in the GlobalGiving Girl Fund Campaign. This Friday, March 8, International Women’s Day, starting at 9am ET, GlobalGiving will match donations to our project at 30% up to $250 while funds last.  Help us keep the program strong by making a donation in honor of your favorite woman!  Even small donations help!

 
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