In addition to the trades being taught, we have helped several people to start their own small businesses in our effort to help as many of them become self-sufficient as possible.
Some of the businesses include – hair cutting, welding, taco shop, churro cart, sewing room addition, and a swap meet business selling rice, beans and eggs. One family even founded their own charity, a breakfast soup kitchen to feed hungry children from their neighborhood.
The start up costs to start a business and buy supplies, etc. are about $1200
Here are some examples:
He used the start up money we gave him to buy tables, a shade structure, and then rice, beans and diapers as inventory. He got the necessary paperwork to sell at the local swap meet several days each week.
She has had the desire for several years to volunteer and use the kitchen in the house Build a Miracle built for her to feed hungry children from the neighborhood in the mornings before school. She has formed her own non profit in order to get donations from stores, and we gave her money to buy cooking supplies and food for the first few months. She will continue to need funds to support this program which feeds 25 children for about $1 a meal.
Ladies who have graduated from our beauty school program cut hair each day in the beauty salon at the community center and many of them cut hair in their own homes or at a swap meet.
Our sewing business involves ladies from the community who sew aprons and bags which are sold on build days and by American volunteers to churches, etc.
We built this structure outside Ernesto’s home so he could teach welding to others in the community and use his welding skills to earn extra money for his family.
Genoveva lives in house #30. We built her a traditional Build a Miracle home, but added an additional room/storefront/kitchen to the side where she could make and sell tacos. She told us, “I can’t read, but I can cook!”
She was able to sell tacos to earn money to help feed her family.