Thousands of Lives Tranformed
by Investing Hope
Samantha, an 8-year-old girl with learning disabilities, grew up in a very poor part of Bogotá. Because of the conditions she was born with, it was very hard for her to fit in or do well in school. But when she joined one of Investing Hope's Youth Entrepreneurship Groups, she discovered a talent for and love of selling edible goods. She quickly rose to be the most successful child in her YES group, faithfully producing and selling 15 candy kabobs each week. Her diligence paid off as she had saved 99,000 pesos ($33 US) in just 3.5 months. With her savings and developing skills, she now has the chance at a career and favorable life in Bogotá society. Her parents are overjoyed and delight in sharing about her development and the impact of the youth entrepreneurship efforts of Investing Hope.
Tin Tin, an 9-year-old, grew up in a very poor part of Bogotá. Tin-Tin tugged at my sleeve. I turned around in the room filled with celebrating children and saw the tiny 9-year-old flash me a big smile and wave a 5000 peso note in the air. “This is for the church!” he exclaimed. Tin-Tin was so delighted that he and his brother had won the two top prizes as the best savers in the “Chocolatazos” YES Club. He had become a budding entrepreneur! His weekly attendance had dropped off briefly when he was hospitalized with pneumonia but he returned to the Club activities with an oxygen tank. Then doctors diagnosed Tin-Tin with cystic fibrosis but even that did not deter his diligent efforts. He had learned to save money for his future. He had the constant support of his brother and his devoted father, a man who had lived as an abandoned orphan on the streets. Somewhere in the lessons about God’s provisions, this family and especially Tin-Tin had also learned gratitude and generosity. The YES Club’s popular candy-kabob sells for 16 cents. In June, after only four months, Tin-Tin and his brother had saved $45 US -- 16 cents at a time!! I could see the joy in his eyes.