Baking to survive.

In Bolivia with average earnings of just £500 per month and high cost of living comparative to the UK, many individuals struggle to make ends meet. According to the individuals that we support in country, many live day to day, harvesting enough food each day to sell. The proceeds are then needed to buy food that day for the family.

Covid19 has disrupted this pattern as the Bolivian government has had to impose severe lockdowns to protect their health system.

As incredible as it seems in 2021 many Bolivians are lacking the daily basic essentials of bread to eat. That is why the Peart family have pivoted to baking bread every day to distribute to their local community.

The Foundation has supported this family in the work before and continues to do so now their work is even more crucial.

Atlantic Row

One of the clients of Altor Wealth, Stuart Shepherd has committed to an extraordinary feat of endurance – rowing 3000 miles across the atlantic with three friends. They are raising money for two charities; RNIB and Severn Hospice. There is a fantastic video about the team here.

We are pleased to say that we have donated £1,000 to each of these causes to support the Wrekin Rowers in their efforts.

You can find out more about the team and the challenge here.

Anti-Plastic campaign

Every 30 seconds the UK throws away 2 doubledecker loads of plastic and one person dies from diseases caused by mismanaged waste.

Tearfund, No Time to Waste campaign

Tearfund ran the No Time to Waste campaign from May 2019 to May 2020 with the aim to pressure four of the biggest generators of plastic waste; Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever to clean up their act. The aim was to get them to make four commitments to; Report, Reduce, Recycle and Restore. The Altor Foundation is proud to have provided a tenth of the budget for this campaign.

The aims of the campaign were to get the four companies to:

  • Report, by 2020, on the number of units of single-use plastic products they use and sell in each country.
  • Reduce this amount by half, country by country, by 2025, and instead use
    environmentally sustainable delivery methods such as refillable or reusable containers.
  • Recycle the single-use plastics they sell in developing countries, ensuring that by 2022 one is collected for every one sold. This means ensuring there are adequate systems for collection, re-use, recycling and composting in communities that currently lack these systems.
  • Restore dignity by working in partnership with waste pickers to create safe jobs.

Microfinance in Bolivia

Bolivia is a country of 11 million and the second poorest in South America. It has been particularly hard hit by Corona Virus as many Bolivians live day to day, selling enough goods in a day to feed their family for the following day but saving nothing. Due to a lack of a functioning health service families are in lockdown with only one member allowed out, once a week to shop for food. This has hit the people very hard financially.

As a foundation we support Bolivia via CMS who have a family called The Pearts living and working ‘in country’. As well as their social mission in the country they are also using their business background to seed fund and mentor people to set up more substantial micro-businesses. This should provide a more sustainable income for families.

One of the more prosaic enterprises launched in the form of a pay per use toilet business.

We are grateful for Altor Foundation’s support, which has allowed us to continue and grow our missional work with Bolivian families through Parilis, our economic empowerment and microenterprise program focusing on sustainable employment and business mentorship.

The families and communities which benefit from these new opportunities are testimony to the Altor Foundation in reaching out to make a difference in our world. Thank you for blessing us and the communities that we are part of.

The Peart Family, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Supporting Mental Health in Hampshire

It is with great pleasure that we were able to agree a donation programme with EBS counselling in Eastleigh, Hampshire. This will enable them to extend their mission of providing subsidised counselling to local individuals who would otherwise not be able to access counselling support.

EBS ask for a small donation from their clients but will never turn someone in need away if they are unable to pay. With NHS mental health services under strain and often unable to achieve timely referrals for mental health support, this kind of local service in invaluable.

EBS were very kind in this blog post about the difference our donation made.