Social Entrepreneur Project in Guatemala a hit!

11 July 2012
U21 students making a real difference to the lives of rural people in Guatemala.

Twelve students from around the U21 network are half-way through a month-long project in Guatemala aimed at helping the local community to establish new and grow existing micro-consignment supported businesses.

The students are staying with host families and experiencing the real way of Guatemalan life, while working hard to raise awareness about the value of clean water, eye tests and solar lamps and helping local people understand and use basic measures to improve their way of life.  

The participants have been keeping a blog (see the link below) and recording their thoughts, feelings and activities over the course of the project and it makes an enlightening and thought-provoking read.

The project leader, Greg van Kirk, reported back to say "I just wanted to give you the great news that this past weekend the U21 students participated in our MOST successful village campaign since we started our work almost ten years ago. They supported a number of women entrepreneurs in the Jutiapa region and in one day served over 150 people and helped the women to sell 69 pairs of glasses, 35 eye drops, 30 packets of vegetable seeds, 8 solar lamps/cell phone chargers and one water purification bucket. Truly amazing! That amounts to hundreds of beneficiaries served in one day when you take into account the impact that these solutions have on families. And the women entrepreneurs earned nearly $240 in net profits. That is equal to over two months wages for the average rural Guatemalan."