The 850 indigenous families that live in the eight villages surrounding Los Jometes, Guatemala, must travel far to get basic goods such as laundry soap, medicines and crop fertilizers. Local children do not have access to school supplies and often cannot pay school fees. This project will expand a grocery store so that it can provide these goods to the families. Profits will provide scholarships to at least 20 children from poor families.
Expand the types of medicines, food and housewares at store. Make school supplies available at an affordable cost. Identify children with the greatest need and motivation; use store profits to pay for their school fees, uniforms and books.
The store will provide essential goods to eight villages. The school-supply section will make education more accessible to children who otherwise cannot go to school for lack of pencils and notepads. The scholarships will benefit needy children.