Nov 04, 2014
Global Communities' Approach to Workforce Development Global Communities’ workforce development approach is demand-driven, focusing on market-led employment opportunities and entrepreneurship. We work with the private sector to customize technical training programs, provide soft skills and entrepreneurship training, and place trained youth in internships and apprenticeships for on-the-job learning and skills development. Comprehensive workforce needs assessments ensure that interventions equip the unemployed with the skills needed to meet real workforce opportunities. Global Communities’ approach to workforce development is... Read more
Sep 28, 2009
CHF's DFI Fundacion para la Vivienda Progresiva (FVP) Sponsors Kiva Volunteer
CHF’s DFI in Mexico, Fundacion para la Vivienda Progresiva, recently received a Kiva fellow, an unpaid volunteer who helps extend limited resources. Julie Pachico’s responsibilities will entail: Facilitating connections between borrowers and lenders. Assisting with communications and outreach to borrowers Supporting CHF’s and Kiva’s Mission.
Apr 06, 2009
Promoting Economic Opportunities for At-Risk Youth With the support of the Alcoa Community Foundation, CHF implemented the Youth Engagement for Advancing Hope (YEAH) program in Ciudad Acuña. Through YEAH, CHF engaged vulnerable youth by providing the promise of long-term job opportunities as an alternative to violence. Improving Housing Conditions for Low-Income Workers From 2001 - 2006, CHF implemented a program, which helped employees of Maquiladora factories on the US-Mexico border to make home improvements. The project is implemented through a local NGO, FUNHAVI, that has been created, trained and mentored by CHF, to gradually take over administration of the program. Through the program, CHF and FUNHAVI made over 3,... Read more
May 22, 2008
Improving Homes and Businesses in Mexico When we first drive to meet Senorita Candelaria Martinez, she is surrounded by children at the elementary school in her neighborhood, where she operates a popular snack shop. "Please, have a freshly made taquito or taco!" she insists. Candelaria and her husband have lived in Nuevo Laredo for 20 years with their three children. 12 years ago, they both moved to Voluntad 2, a new neighborhood emerging along the border of the city due to the city's rapid growth. At the time, the neighborhood lacked running water and electricity, so she and her husband opened a small store to cater to the needs of their neighbors. At the time, they sold candles for lighting, oil and coal for cooking, ice to preserve food, and clean bottled water. Business back then... Read more
May 11, 2008
Expanding Business in Ciudad Acuña Laura Elena Gonzalez Robles lives in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, where she runs a small gift shop located on the city’s main thoroughfare. The proceeds from Laura’s gift shop help to send her 17-year-old daughter to school across the border in Del Rio, Texas. Before taking a loan with Fundación para la Vivienda Progresiva (FVP), a CHF International microfinance institution that operates in Mexico, Laura says that conditions at her shop were dangerous; without proper doors and poorly constructed walls, she had no way to protect her goods, and people often slept in her store’s entryway at night.   After taking an initial loan to install a safe door and improve the condition of her shop’s construction, she took a second loan to purchase more... Read more
Mar 20, 2008
Engaging Youth in Latin America  With the support of the Alcoa Community Foundation, CHF International is implementing the Youth Engagement for Advancing Hope (YEAH) program in the cities of El Progreso, Honduras and Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. The three-year program will incorporate CHF International’s proven youth vocational and job placement methodology by specifically targeting at-risk youth and providing them with vocational training in marketable skills that are in demand by the local private-sector. Through YEAH, CHF aims to : Leverage local organizations to build their capacity to provide effective vocational training and job placement programs Target at-risk... Read more
Dec 19, 2007
Lending for a Brighter Future in Mexico Many cities along the border in Mexico are growing so rapidly that the government cannot keep up with the need for services. In Nuevo Laredo and Ciudad Acuna, Fundación para la Vivienda Progresiva (FVP) is providing loans for low- and moderate-income families that wish to improve quality of life by expanding their businesses or adding improvements to their homes. This is the story of Mr. Pablo Talentino who has received two loans through FVP. Pablo has lived in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico for 12 years. He moved to Nuevo Laredo from the southern state of Veracruz, drawn by the lure of greater employment opportunities along the U.S.-Mexico border. Pablo, a father of three, works as a blacksmith, welding iron into door and window frames and other... Read more
Jun 19, 2007
CHF International and began their partnership in October 2006, allowing anyone to assist a client of CHF's Fundación para la Vivienda Progresiva (FVP) development finance institution with a micro-loan. FVP works along the U.S.-Mexico border to administer loans for the improvement and creation of safe, decent housing and to provide micro-loans for budding entrepreneurs. Teodoro Gonzalez, mentioned in the Toronto Star article, is one of more than 500 FVP clients who have been assisted by ordinary people making loans in increments of $25 through the Kiva website. Thanks to the help of Ryan McCinn and others like him, Teodoro has been able to purchase the tools and equipment to establish his very own barbershop. Learn more about CHF's Development Finance programs which are providing... Read more
Nov 15, 2006
Microlending for the Masses: Innovative website connects individual donors to low-income entrepreneurs around the world.  Last week, through an innovative partnership with, nearly 900 web users from the U.S. and Canada loaned more than US$24,000 to 26 low-income Mexican families living in maquiladora settlements along the U.S.-Mexico border. Explosive population growth in this region has created social and economic challenges for nearly one million Mexicans working in the manufacturing industry in this region. The local government and private sector have not been able to respond to the need for housing and financial services at prices that workers and their families can afford. As a result, many new settlers struggle to maintain adequate housing and lack capital to support... Read more
Aug 15, 2006
FUNHAVI Celebrates 10th Anniversary FUNHAVI, the Housing and Habitat Foundation, a CHF affiliate located in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. Since its inception, FUNHAVI has made loans worth US$8.2 million, enabling more than 5,300 low-income families to improve their homes. In addition to providing credit, FUNHAVI offers construction assistance so clients know their home improvements are built according to high quality standards. In January 2006, FUNHAVI began offering Microenterprise Loans (MELP) as an indirect way for people to increase their income, giving them access to extra capital for savings or to increase their payment capability that can be use in future house improvements. FUNHAVI operates in three locations in Juarez and one in Chihuahua, and... Read more
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