Microcredit Project- Meet Maria and Carlota

For those of you who chose to support "Microcredit Projects" during checkout...Here is one of many real-life stories of women whose lives have been changed because of your support.

Meet Maria and Carlota

Maria (22 years old) and Carlota (22 years old) are from remote villages of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Through the support of Humble Hilo in conjunction with World Link Partners, they had the opportunity to train with the Asociacion de Mujeres Tejadores de Solola (The Association of Women Weavers) for 3 weeks in a different region of Guatemala. This experience was shocking for these two women who had never left their community. During this 3 weeks, they received business training and learned skills to develop new fabrics and methods of weaving. They learned how to use natural dyes extracted from flowers, roots, and leaves and other organic materials that can be found in their region to dye their thread. They then were trained on how to weave these threads in to beautiful scarves and other clothing that they will be able to sell and start a small business of their own.  This opportunity has opened doors that will change their lives and allow them to provide for their families and communities. They are beyond grateful. 

Maria and Carlota proudly receiving their certificates of completion from the Asociacion de Mujeres Tejedoras 

Making a Difference in December

The month of December is a month of giving-you all did this two fold! You gifted our beautiful bags to loved ones and you gave the chance of a better life to Guatemalan women and children.

In December YOU:

1. Fed 77 children for a month!

2. Educated 91 women for a month!

3. Provided microfinancing for 18 women for a month!

These are real numbers! We can't wait to start this new year with you and blow way past these numbers. Let's change the world together-that's our New Year's Resolution. 

Humble Hilo Education Project

When you choose Education, here is what your proceeds do: When a girl, like Irma, starts as a 7th grader, every girl receives an academic scholarship (75-80% of their tuition costs, the families pay the balance to ensure buy in), school transportation, uniforms, and other incidentals, and most importantly, a mentoring group of 15 peers who will walk the journey from 7th grade to high school graduation and beyond together. This group meets weekly to learn leadership skills, key competencies like financial literacy and reproductive health, and build in each woman the capacity to overcome the powerful social and familial pressures that constantly push against her schooling. Their mentor is a Mayan woman from the same geographic region, language group and socioeconomic circumstances who has overcome the odds herself to become university educated. She is the perfect person to teach, advocate, mentor, and support these young women and their families on this unprecedented path. The mentor’s role is to identify and strengthen the unique talents of each young woman and strengthen communication and resolve conflict between each girl, her school, and her family. Irma meets with her group weekly, but also comes to the office near her home to access the internet, do homework, and receive individual academic tutoring and intervention. As a high school student, Irma also has a paid internship at a local nonprofit organization, School the World. Because Irma is the sole provider for herself and her younger sister after the death of mother, she works full time and attends high school on the weekend. This internship is important for her professional development and her family’s economic stability. As Irma’s boss says, she’s integral to the organization now!