Earlier this year, Matilda decided she wanted to start her own business. When she heard about an entrepreneurship class taught by Buckner International in her town Jocotenango, Guatemala, she attended.
Today, she leads a group of 18 women who make bracelets for 27&Oak. The women use this income to provide for and educate their children.
Because of issues like illiteracy and food shortages, it is difficult for many Guatemalans to provide for their families. When you purchase a bracelet, you are helping break the cycle of poverty.
Ana Maria grew up in Antigua, Guatemala in extreme poverty, often without a home. She attended school through 7th grade and began working at age 15 to provide for her children.
One day, in the local supermarket, Maria saw a flyer for English and parenting classes taught by Buckner International. She began attending these classes where she learned sewing and business skills.
Now, Maria sews bags for coffee beans sold by 27&Oak, and works as a buyer to help us find ethically made items, like artwork and pottery. With this money, she can support her children and save for her future. Maria’s motto is, “Everyday, you can always learn something.”