By Luis CocÛn, communications center liaison for CFCA in Guatemala
Recently CFCA’s Hermano Pedro project in Guatemala organized its first public market called “Hope for a family market.”
More than 200 mothers of sponsored children showed up to sell their goods, and more than 400 people in the community of Santo Domingo came to purchase and taste a wide variety of products and services.
Local CFCA staff members in Santo Domingo organized the market to showcase the products that mothers of sponsored children have grown from CFCA’s sustainable sponsorship benefits, such as seeds, trees, animals, fertilizer, fabrics, livelihood programs, etc.
In this way mothers sold items such as corn, beans, bananas, plantains, herbs, chili peppers, tangerines, papaya, oranges, watermelon, yucca, chocolate, coffee, cheese, sausages, tamales, fruit drinks, baskets, hens, chickens, turkeys, napkins, clothing and much more.
“We no longer give a bag of food, but sustainable sponsorship benefits,” said Josefina Poz, coordinator of the CFCA community in Santo Domingo. “That is what we are seeing today, the results of those benefits. We have seen families convinced that they can work this way. They are not satisfied just with receiving things; now they are motivated to work and produce, and that motivates us.” Read more