Despite having one of the world's largest economies, Mexico continues to grapple with the root causes of poverty experienced by children and families in many regions and communities. With more than half the population at or below the poverty line, conditions are challenging in many parts of the country, particularly the southern region.
Since 1955, ChildFund has worked to improve the lives of children and their families living in poverty in Mexico through income-generation projects such as micro-lending and other initiatives.
In Mexico's southern provinces, only around 6 percent of families earn enough money to adequately provide for their children. In some cases, children have to abandon their education to work and help support their families. This can perpetuate the generational cycle of poverty, because these children have fewer opportunities to acquire the skills they need to find jobs and economic stability later in life.
Fortunately, thanks to the kindness and generosity of our supporters, we have been able to establish several sustainable income-generation programs in Mexico, many of which help communities in the southern parts of the country. To date, we have helped more than 1,000 communities fight poverty. We have provided training across a range of employment sectors to help people secure jobs or start their own businesses in such fields as block construction, recycling, baking and the production of candies, jams and other preserves.
Even Mexicans with marketable skills sometimes struggle to support their families when employment opportunities are limited. Many skilled workers are left with few options, as the costs involved with establishing a small business can be prohibitive.
ChildFund helps budding entrepreneurs with microloans, micro-credit and other financial assistance. Without micro-loans, many more families would be left in poverty. Empowering families and communities with these initiatives enables parents to provide food, shelter and health care to their children, who then have the opportunity to attend school.
To help us continue to provide assistance to Mexican families, please consider making a donation to ChildFund's Children's Greatest Needs fund. Alternatively, sponsoring a child in Mexico is an excellent way to invest in the future of a boy or girl and ensure they have the support they need to emerge from poverty and thrive.