Help People Like Anahi

The GROW Fund is a non-profit organization that makes a real difference in real people’s lives. It is dedicated to providing a better lifestyle for farm workers and their families. Read about how the GROW Fund has changed Anahi’s life in her own words:

“My name is Anahi Ramirez Rivera, a student from Cerro de Ortega, a small town in the state of Colima. I have worked since I was 12 years old to pay for school because my father died and my mom couldn’t support all of the expenses of a family of 6 children where the eldest was only 16. I have done everything from working as a waitress to working in the lime and tomato fields. I have always had a hard time achieving my educational goals because my mom always told me to take my head out of the clouds and realize that studying at a professional level was not an option for me. She encouraged me to find a good job with which I could help support my family. I never gave up on my studies however, defending the idea that with higher education would come better help for my family.

I was a junior in high school when I first heard about Project Amigo and the GROW Foundation. The program primarily invited students from middle school and junior high to apply and I was already about to graduate from high school. I decided to apply for the program, a process that lasted a whole month. I did not know if I would receive the scholarship but took the chance and completed the enrollment process for the University of Colima. Throughout my life I have never stopped working, so you can imagine the emotions that surged the day I went to school and saw my name on the list of scholarship recipients. I couldn’t believe I would truly be able to afford the cost of receiving a professional degree. I cried tears of happiness as I ran home to find a backpack filled with school supplies on my bed and my family waiting to congratulate me. I am so thankful to the GROW Foundation, without them I would have never been able to achieve my dream.”

Help provide life changing opportunities for people like Anahi by buying GROW bananas or donating directly to the GROW fund through the GROW Earth Day Donation Project on the facebook page’s Donate tab.

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