Apr 2 2014

Mother-and-son duo create business selling traditional Salvadoran food

Carlos and his mother, Wendy, make enchiladas to sell.

Carlos and his mother, Wendy, make enchiladas to sell.

By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor

Poverty creates challenges that can thrust adult worries and responsibilities on children. That’s certainly true for sponsored child Carlos from El Salvador.

At just 11 years old, Carlos takes his role as the oldest child and older brother seriously, especially since his father left shortly after his younger brother, Byron, was born.

Carlos experienced the joy of becoming a big brother when his mom, Wendy, gave birth to Byron in 2008. Unfortunately, Byron was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which meant he would need special care and medical treatment.

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Mar 12 2014

Cooking up confidence in Colombia

Yurani, an Unbound scholar from Colombia, demonstrates her skills in the kitchen.

Yurani, an Unbound scholar from Colombia, demonstrates her skills in the kitchen.

By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor

Most mornings, Yurani walks alone to the bus that takes her to the local university, a short 15-minute ride away.

Though she walks alone, Yurani knows she has her family and the entire Unbound community beside her.

Before heading off to catch a bus, Yurani helps her younger brother, Daniel, make the bed. Some weekdays, she also helps her mother prepare lunch for the whole family.

For Yurani, cooking meals is one of her favorite chores, and it gives her good practice for her studies. Yurani is studying gastronomy, or the art and science of gourmet cuisine.

“When I was younger my dream was to be a chef,” Yurani said. “[Now] my dream is to have my own restaurant.”

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Jan 1 2014

How to make cookies from Colombia (recipe)

Cookies from Colombia

Sisters Lilian and Maria bake cookies with their father, Jose, to earn income.


Happy New Year! Our headquarters in Kansas City is closed today to celebrate New Year’s Day. To start the year, many of us will make New Year’s resolutions. If shedding some extra pounds is on your list, wait … we’ve got one more holiday cookie recipe to try … before you really get serious about that diet. Get the recipe

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Aug 26 2013

A fun fair in Guatemala

During the summer, festivals and fairs spring up all over the world offering guests delicious snacks, games, entertainment, and more.

The story is no different in Guatemala, where families of sponsored children come together once a year to create CFCA’s annual Market Day celebration. Continue reading

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Aug 5 2013

How to make egg curry from India (recipe)

Egg curry from India

Egg curry from India … mmm!

Want to experience a taste of India? Try this egg curry recipe from Jecintha and Prakash, two mothers of CFCA sponsored children. The two sisters took out a loan through their mothers group to open their own food stand where they sell this delicious dish!

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Jul 8 2013

Tilapia lemon soup (Guatemala recipe)

Tilapia lemon soup from Guatemala

Tilapia lemon soup from Guatemala … mmm!

Through the help of CFCA livelihood programs, many families in Guatemala have now started a new career with a tilapia farm! Oscar Ventura Tuch, CFCA staffer in Guatemala, works with families who raise tilapia, and he shares his grandmother’s traditional recipe with us!

Eat in solidarity with your sponsored friend – Get the recipe now!

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Jun 24 2013

Guatemalan father finds opportunity raising fish

Fernando’s 8-year-old daughter, Maydi, is a CFCA sponsored child in Guatemala.

Fernando and his wife Sonia have seven children and recently started a career raising tilapia!

Tilapia farming is new in Guatemala and new to CFCA’s Hope for a Family livelihood programs.

Fernando will be one of the first tilapia farmers in the CFCA program to sell a batch of 50 fish.

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