Amigos de Santa Cruz was founded in 1998 by a group of foreign-born residents of Santa Cruz to help support this small remote village. Their primary focus is on education both at the primary and secondary level. Together with community leaders they work to make a difference in the future lives of the people, helping to develop a literate populace and an educated leadership better able to improve their own communities. Amigos works with community leaders to identify needs and to find solutions to problems and believes that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty for the indigenous people of Guatemala.
2017 Grant Information: Awarded to the Women's Empowerment Program
2018 Grant Information: Awarded to the Culinary Education Program
Namaste Direct was founded by Bob Graham who was one of the first “social entrepreneurs” for microfinance in Latin America. He started Namaste Direct as he realized that for microfinance to work best, you not only need to make money available to people in poverty, but there is also critical need for effective mentoring and education to accompany loans. Since 2004 Namaste has been working with low income women entrepreneurs in Guatemala.
2017 Grant Information: Awarded to a pilot program for Women's Workforce & Skill-based Education
People for Guatemala was founded in 2010 by Lois & Ken Werner. The couple had been visiting and volunteering in Guatemala for almost two decades before deciding to move full-time & start their own non-profit. Their organization offers health services, education opportunities and community development to the population of San Martin, Jilotepeque. They recently opened a vocational school where they're offering a wide range of occupational/skills based courses to the local communities.
2018 Grant Information: Providing the skills-based education for Namaste's ongoing Women's Workforce pilot program
Interfaith Dallas was founded by Ben Beltzer in 1986 after running a transitional housing program in Missouri for over 10 years. Over the last 30+ years it has developed a holistic approach to breaking the cycle of poverty for families in Dallas through its family empowerment, housing, and career development programs. Interfaith is currently building a new family empowerment facility that will continue expand their reach and impact in the Dallas community.
2018 Grant Information: Awarded to their Career Development Program which supports the acquisition of vocational training & education to women