The Artisan Fund is a monthly community program that we create to collaborate with the artisan communities we work with. Once the events are completed, we let you, our wonderful donators, know how your contributions have made a difference!
In April, we collaborated with Cristaluc to provide a financial workshop for 37 artisans who sought to learn more about setting goals, planning their futures, and developing the self-confidence necessary for success. This workshop focused on income spending, saving, and forecasting expenses—skills that many artisans find challenging due to lack of previous financial information. According to the artisan Rafael Buenrostro Tujillo, this opportunity taught him“how to manage [his] money. [He] learned to have vision, how to carry out [his] projects, and how to take care of [his] interests and projects.”
The artisans learned the importance of planning and setting goals, and further explored working collectively. For example, there was an activity that required them to build a cart without instructions. The result was meager progress and a poorly assembled cart. However, after the instructor gave them instructions, the cart was built successfully. This enforced the idea that making working together and creating strategies ahead of time can help artisans reach their goal.
The artisans conducted a self-evaluation regarding different aspects of their lives, such as their health, social standing, spirituality, and occupation. This evaluation helped them learn what personal changes would help them achieve personal growth and balance. The integration of these exercises taught artisans how to set realistic goals to transform their lives for the better! “I learned how to plan my life project, organize my money, [and] not have debts without planning. Do not eat 5 tacos, only 3,” jokes Javier Santiago.
During the workshop, many artisans commented that they are inspired to change their financial habits. Others noted this workshop gave them the courage to revisit life goals they originally abandoned by building a better financial plan. Artisan Tomas Angel Murillo declares, “Before the course I did not set goals or purposes, and now I am organizing to finish my house. I also want to start a sales business!”
87% of the artisans found the workshop helpful and 89% requested to receive future courses to further their learning!
Overall, the artisans were grateful to learn from the workshop instructor and excited to take part in this educational opportunity. “Chemistry between the instructor and the artisans was great, they were very interested in learning. We are very satisfied with the results of this program, THANK YOU,” states Lizett Servín, Cristaluc Sales Manager.
“How to manage my money I learned to have vision how to carry out my projects. how to take care of my interests and my projects” – Rafael Buenrostro
“Before the course I did not set goals or purposes and now I am organizing to finish my house. I also want to start a sales business.” – Tomas Angel Murillo
“I learned how to plan my life project, organize my money, not have debts without planning. Do not eat 5 tacos, only 3.” – Javier Santiago
Here at GlobeIn, we aim to continue to create new Artisan Funds and raise money to help propel artisans towards their goals. With your help, we know that our own goals to educate and achieve equal opportunity will become a reality!