El Alto, Bolivia
Length of project: 12 months
Partner: Word Made Flesh
When you're struggling to simply make ends meet and feed your children everyday, you can easily be pulled into dark places. There have been times when we have wept, desperate that our children don't face the same things we have faced.
We are three close-knit families who are taking the initiative and are creating fresh opportunities. The past is over, we are looking to the future! We're using our talents to create individual family businesses - will you be the spark for our ventures?
Growing up in poverty, everyday felt like a battle to survive. I’m only 14-years-old but already I have experienced bullying and trauma. Nowhere felt safe. Until I discovered my love of drawing. When times were tough at school, I would dream of escaping from my reality. I longed to live a dignified life, where no-one in my family would be vulnerable to exploitation.
Project Possible has given me that chance. They’ve provided me with the tools to improve at school, and I’ve even begun to make friends. But even more, they believe in my drawing skills. I already help in my family business, selling our homemade backpacks in my spare time. Customers always ask for unique designs and that is what I dream of creating. My drawings can pave the way for us to scale up our business and put the past behind us.
“And just like creating a design on a new backpack, step by step I want to build my future.” Victor's dream
We’re working with our Bolivian partner, Word Made Flesh, to help Victor and two other families get their micro business off the ground - Maria Elena's Peruvian food business, Jhovana's mobile phone accessories business and Victor's personalised backpacks business:
Right now Victor, Maria Elena and Jhovana are waiting for a spark to ignite their family venture.
With your support, we can help Victor and two fellow entrepreneurs to realise their dreams and develop family businesses to be proud of. No longer do their opportunities need to be limited by their circumstances.
To show how your gift is making a difference we’ll send you:
|Tools and equipment||£874|
|Training courses in catering, phone repairs, graphic design and silk screen printing||£878|
|Twice monthly mentoring and support from our on-the-ground staff team||£1,000|
|Project Possible UK Team Support||£1,180|
All of your gift will be project-focused, with none of it going towards admin or fundraising. Instead, it will be used to cover:
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