Women are the heart of every community
They are the true stabilizing force in any society, providing strength, knowledge, comfort, and love, and binding everything and everyone together. Nothing exists with more potential to build up a community than the building up of women. Where women are relegated to lesser roles and responsibilities, volatility and conflict will always exist. No community can flourish until it has engaged and empowered the women who live within it.
The BFB Foundation is dedicated to elevating women and the communities in which they live. We believe the Credit Union Movement is a prime example of the power of community and volunteerism. The BFB Foundation offers young women in developing countries educational support, personal and professional mentoring, and the chance to gain an understanding of and appreciation for the value of spreading positive opportunities. As women learn life and leadership skills and receive the support they need to build self-assurance and self-reliance, they begin to realize their own worth and potential. They become agents of positive and lasting change, both locally and globally.
Helping the women of Guatemala
The BFB Foundation has begun its efforts by reaching out to education-oriented organizations in Guatemala, which is the most populous country in Central America. More than half of the population lives below the national poverty line. Among Guatemala’s indigenous groups, which make up 38 percent of the population, that figure climbs even higher with 73 percent living below the poverty line.