Meet Mia! Mia is one of the students in our English and Tutoring program in Mexico. Write Mia a letter, send your prayers for her, and encourage her in her studies. Her family deals with alot of challenging circumstances, but Mia comes each week and works hard on her studies. When you give to the education program, you support kids like Mia. Sign up to sponsor in honor of Mia today!
Omar is our youngest apprentice, at 16 years old, he is working with one of our entrepreneurs as an apprentice, learning carpentry. He also is finishing highschool and prepping to go to college. Omar grew up in his younger years in orphan care, and found himself in place of a need to live as a teenager, when the Aloe Family welcomed him in. It has been an incredible journey to watch him learn, grow, and make goals for his future.
Abelardo is studying engineering at the local university, and came to us when he realized that he had to make a choice, to work or to go to college. With the low salaries in Mexico, his job at the car wash would not be enough for him to be able to work part time and study. Now, Abelardo is working, learning construction, plumbing, and electricity with The Aloe Family while attending our English and Business classes, going to class, and having a space to do his homework at The Aloe House
Cendy lives in Mexico and works hard to support her two kids. A dedicated member of our entrepreneurship program and English classes, she has spent the last 6 months working hard on a business plan, developing her cooking skills, brand development, and preparing to open her own hot dog stand! We are so excited for Cendy as she moves forward with this project!
"My name is Ruth Alemán, and I hail from San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora. My life has been marked by surgeries since childhood, and I now rely on a cane to walk. At 19, I pursued my passion for nail art, completing a four-month course. Encouraged by my success, I worked in a beauty salon for four years before setting up my own nail business at home, where I've been helping clients for a decade. This journey has been the most beautiful experience, not only enhancing the beauty of my clients' hands and feet but also teaching aspiring entrepreneurs the art of nail care. My path was further challenged by a hip issue stemming from a fall and multiple surgeries, resulting in the need for a cane. The difficulties I faced while walking in public and the way people looked at me made me realize the importance of equality. Through it all, I've learned that we all have equal opportunities. God has been the anchor of my life, and I'm grateful for the woman I've become." Now, with your support, we aim to build a nail salon in San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora. Let's join hands to make Ruth's dream come true and prove that equal opportunities are for everyone. Donate today to empower her journey. 🌟💅 #SupportRuthsDream
Xiomara and her family fled honduras due to violence and persecution. Her and her two daughters and husband work hard to overcome the many challenges of being in the USA and learning the new language and culture. Xiomara loves to sew, and she makes Aloe Family Tote bags to support her family!
Dolly is an incredible mother of her son with special needs. Because of his condition that affects his mental health, she is unable to leave him all day to go to work. So, she studied graphic design, and now she makes print products and customized items. We are SO impressed with Dolly's hard work!
In June, the Aloe Family will partner with Miriam to help her build and launch her facial cosmetology Spa! We are thrilled to walk beside her. We are raising $8000 to make this a reality. This cost covers the building materials, and also the labor through our student apprenticeship program, training youth in need of support in job skills in construction. Read Miriam's story below, and give at www.thealoefamily.com My name is Miriam, I am 30 years old and I have been married for 3 years. I am going to tell you my story: I started studying Facial Cosmetology in 2020during the pandemic. At that time, I lost my job and my husband supported me to be able, to work from home. Then I started working in a factory to save up money, to build a small store for me to practice cosmetology at. However, due to circumstances we had to spend the money we saved on a trailer because we needed a place to live. I had to give up my dream of having a cosmetology place of my own. It was difficult and I cried because I knew that my dream of having a family business could not be achieved. Reality told me that I could not continue with my dream. I was inspired to work in cosmetology becauseI have a skin problem called ``Vitiligo`` it is a disease that causes loss of skin color. Discolored areas usually enlarge over time. I have on my face more noticeably and some parts of my body. I cover those spots with makeup, but one day my makeup reacted with an aroma that I used and it caused me a very strong allergy, my skin and especially the area where I have spots suffered a lot, I felt like my face was burning. I worked in a Spa and a colleague gave me a treatment called ``facial radio frequency`` and that relieved my burning sensation and closed my pores. From that moment I knew that I wanted to know more about facials because I also wanted to help more people. When I worked at the factory, I put in overtime and most days I was working 16 hours to have money to pay for school. I studied and worked at the same time, sometimes I wanted to leave school because it was very hard, but thank God I kept going until the end. I would like to continue studying and go from being a Cosmetologist to a Cosmiatra. I am very grateful for meeting the Aloe Family. At first I did not believe all this was so good to be true, but over time I gave thanks to God. They are making a dream come true that will help the economic stability of my family and I want to be a blessing to more people. I am the clear example that DREAMS DO COME TRUE. THANK YOU TO EACH ONE OF THE PEOPLE IN THE ALOE FAMILY FOR MAKING THIS DREAM COME TRUE THAT I THOUGHT COULD NOT BE REAL AND IS NOW A REALITY.
Angel is a hard working student who is graduating high school and studying locally at the university in Mexico. He is determined to be self sufficient and make a life for himself. He started working since he was just a child, and overcoming obstacles to gain an education is important to him. Angel is a part of our apprenticeship program, gaining experience and money to be able to pay for school. Interested in supporting Angel? You can support him at the link below.
Brandon grew up in an orphanage in Mexico with his brother from age 9 to 17. After leaving the orphanage to be with his family, he found himself in need of support after his family plans fell through. Brandon now lives at the Aloe House, is graduating highschool and studying at the University, and is also a part of our apprenticeship program. We are looking for sponsors to support Brandon’s housing, and apprenticeship program. Interested in being a part of the Aloe Family to Brandon? Sign Up Below.
Mesa Rica Project
Rebecca lives in a tiny town in Mexico called Mesa Rica Dos. Her husband works in the fields as a farmer, working 12 hours a day to earn about $5 daily. Rebecca taught herself to sew as a young girl because she wanted to make clothes for her doll. We learned about Rebecca through a friend who had started a ministry to the wives and moms in this poverty stricken town. This year, we partnered with an organization called DriButts who gives reusable diapers in third- world countries. The founders Micheal and Starla traveled to Mexico and they helped teach Rebecca how to sew the diapers. Now, Rebecca and her friend Veronica will have an opportunity to sew the diapers to give out in her community, and they will have an opportunity to earn an income from making the diapers. Together, we are empowering women in Mexico to sew quality diapers, providing them with the equipment, skills, and leadership to keep a small business going. Our plan is to keep these ladies sewing every month and provide the opportunity for growth. As we work to achieve our mission, we have identified a crucial need for a safe and comfortable workspace for our seamstresses in Mesa Rica. The current conditions in which they work are less than optimal, with high temperatures in the summer making it unbearable to work outside. Thus, we aim to construct an indoor workspace for them to continue their valuable work. In addition, this community lacks sufficient education resources, clean water, and medical care. The Aloe Family would like to respond to this need by purchasing a piece of land with a building on it in the center of the community, and turning this land into a community center, with clean water, a workshop for the entrepreneurs, classroom, and more. The project's total cost is $27,000, including land, building materials, and labor, which supports our student apprenticeship program. This program provides high school students who lack family support with tutoring, school supply costs, and apprenticeship training in construction skills, enabling them to gain useful training and skills while earning money to save for college and transportation expenses.
Norma is missing her legs and is stuck in a wheel chair. She has lived many years in Mexico without water and electricity and we think she is the strongest woman we know! N makes hair scrunchies that are beautiful to support herself and her two kids. We are working with Norma on her scrunchie business, and working with her to be able to build a place of her own. You can support her business by buying scrunchies at www.thealoefamilymarketplace.com Or, you can give to The Aloe Family program to help us save to build her a place of her own!
D is a very special part of the Aloe Family. We met D after several years of her daughter coming to Tutoring. After fleeing hardship, danger and poverty in Guatemala, D was brave to make the journey to Nashville to give her family a better life. D takes care of many children, and needed something she could do from home to be able to support herself. We gave D an opportunity to learn how to make candles, and she took to it immediately! We are helping D sell her candles, and partnering with her to work to officially open a business. You can help support her business by buying the candles on the marketplace, or by giving to The Aloe Family to support the Entrepreneurship program costs. Shop D’s candles at www.thealoefamilymarketplace.com
Elio is a hard worker and incredible talented artist and carpenter. He does amazing work in Mexico making large statues and decorations. Elio is in need of a machine that will help him cut the statues with precision on a larger scale. This will help scale his business in a large way! We are so excited to partner with Elio, as he is a leader in the community and is also an apprenticeship leader for one of the students in our program. We are looking to raise $5k for his project this coming year! Please join with us an support Elio!
Wendy is a hard working woman who is constantly looking to do her best to create a life for her family. After enduring hardship in Honduras, she came to the United States as a refugee. Since being in the USA, she has always been creative to find ways to support her family. The Aloe Family is teaming up with Wendy to help her launch a screen printing business! Support Wendy with the materials and training she needs to make this dream a reality as she is empowered to be a self sufficient leader!
Enrique grew up in several orphanages in Mexico, and was dedicated to learning as much as he could. He always learned differently than the other kids, and decided to go to a trades school for highschool, since he was much better working with his hands. After turning 18, he moved back in with some family members and began to work as hard as he could to provide for his sisters and his mom. He has worked many jobs for long, hot hours working multiple jobs at once. Enrique is a talented mechanic and he has a dream of having his own mechanic shop. We are working with Enrique to help him with a business plan, and the building of a shade and purchasing of the needed tools to make this dream come to life! The Aloe Family is providing Enrique with mentors and partners to walk with him through every step of the process. You can help support entrepreneur businesses like Enrique's by giving to The Aloe Family to cover his start up business costs!