Serigrafia de la Gringa
Since 2008 my business Serigrafia de la Gringa had been operating in prisons in Guatemala providing dignified employment to incarcerated people. However, by 2021 the corrupt authorities of Guatemala had finally forced my social entrepreneurship out of prisons after my continued refusal to pay illegal commissions. Many incarcerated women who had worked honestly and whose families benefited financially and emotionally for many years were forced out of jobs. Many of the clients we had earned over the years were at risk of taking their business elsewhere. I felt like my life’s work of second opportunities had been destroyed. It was a devastating blow to me both professionally and personally.
In August of that same year I flew to Mexico to meet with close friends who also work in prison rehabilitation, Saskia Niño de Rivera and Daniela Ancira. They encouraged me during this difficult time and suggested starting my work again at least temporarily outside of prison for the benefit of formerly incarcerated people. They are a group who are also highly discriminated against for job opportunities. It sounded like a good option to continue my work of second opportunities, but I had no logistical idea how or the financial resources to recreate Serigrafia de la Gringa outside of prisons. Finding a suitable work site location, hiring and training of new people and the acquisition of suitable equipment literally meant starting over from the ground up.
Providing employment opportunities in prisons in Guatemala is not a profitable enterprise. All work related laws and rights must be adhered to just as they are outside of prison. Because incarcerated people cannot make receipts for the money they earn that is recognized as valid before the IRS, all earnings have a triple tax applied as they are considered net profit for tax purposes. I told my friends about my financial concerns and Saskia mentioned Give it 4ward, an organization she knew that supported social entrepreneurships like mine. She immediately called them and to my surprise not only did they immediately answer but they also showed real interest in helping me start over for the benefit of formerly incarcerated single mothers.
In January of 2022 my business, Serigrafia de la Gringa with the support of Give it 4ward established its first workshop outside of prison for the benefit of formerly incarcerated people, specifically single mothers. Serigrafia de la Gringa, now outside of prison has experienced its best year in sales and profit margins since its founding. In this first year alone a total of 18 people were directly impacted with an honest job, 12 of which are single mothers. Not only did these women benefit with an honest job opportunity, but because of Give it 4ward’s assistance they were able to take part in supporting their own local community, something that was impossible from prison. Each month our women donate to local charities or projects in their neighborhoods or help provide much needed assistance to their neighbors. The women that work for Serigrafia de la Gringa are able to choose who and specifically how they help their local community. This has empowered them so that they too can be a part of helping others in need as they were helped.
Give it 4ward’s support this last year has renewed and energized my hope and life’s purpose. Give it 4ward taught me to dream bigger. I always imagined that a fully social business would be a small business. As I dream bigger now I realize that may not be true. The growth we have experienced this year has helped me realize that not all endings mean the end of the story but the beginning of a new chapter. I feel just as passionate about this next chapter as I did for the last. One year in and this chapter with Give it 4ward is only beginning.
Project with La Cana
We are proud to announce the development of an innovative social entrepreneurship alliance with La Cana in Mexico for post prison single mothers in a halfway house.
Project with Serigrafía la Gringa
We are proud to announce the final phase of an innovative social entrepreneurship alliance with Serigraphia de la Gringa in Guatemala for single mothers after prison.
Project with the Chamber of Commerce in Cartagena
We are proud to announce the development of an innovative social entrepreneurship alliance with the Chamber of Commerce in Cartagena, Colombia for single mothers.
Project with Serigrafía la Gringa
We are proud to announce an innovative alliance with Serigraphia de la Gringa in Guatemala for single mothers after prison.
New alliance with Juanfe foundation
We are proud to announce our new alliance with JUANFE Foundation for two projects simultaneously in Medellin and Cartagena Colombia.
We are proud to announce the funding with Reinserta´s CRAJ program in North America´s largest city (México city).
Reinserta has developed a replicable juvenile post prison program (CRAJ) with a grant from US AID (world´s largest governmental non profit agency).
We are giving hope to former prisoners who were serving food in Colombia´s trendy prison restaurant. now they have their own businesses outside of prison.
We are proud to announce the completion of another 3 party alliance with the Cartagena Chamber of Commerce and Acción Interna foundation for projects outside prison in Cartagena.
Alliance with Corporación Mundial de la Mujer and Acción Interna Foundation
We are proud to announce the completion of our new alliance with Corporación Mundial de la Mujer and Acción Interna foundation for single mothers businesses inside prison and after they leave prison in Bogota.
Acción Interna is a leading innovator in helping people reintegrate into post prison society, as illustrated by their inclusion in a leadership conference with former US president Obama.
Alliance with Cartagena Chamber of Commerce and Sanando Heridas Foundation.
We are proud to announce the completion of our new three party alliance with the Cartagena Chamber of Commerce and Rios de Vida Church Foundation for single mothers in Cartagena.
alliance with cartagena chamber of commerce and acción interna foundation.
We are proud to announce the completion of our 3 party alliance with the Cartagena Chamber of Commerce and Acción Interna foundation.
alliance with the cartagena chamber of commerce
We are proud to announce the completion of our alliance with the Cartagena Chamber of Commerce which is part of the city’s governmental structure for its 1.7 million residents.
Alliance with ACD & ARGOS
We are also proud to announce the completion of our first 3 party alliance with Argos and ACD. Argos is an international company with operations in North and South America and was given an award for its sustainable operational practices. ACD is a leader in forging ventures for social benefit.
Alliance with Juanfe Foundation
We are proud to announce the completion of our alliance with the Juan Felipe Foundation. This is the largest women’s foundation in Colombia and it has provided invaluable assistance to over 500,000 mothers in multiple ways from medical care to teaching them the requisite skills to enter the workforce.