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Small Change 4 Big Change

Santa Catarina Barahona, Guatemala
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About Small Change 4 Big Change
Small Change 4 Big Change is helping local indigenous families offer authentic experiences for tourists looking to get off the beaten path. Spend a morning with us touring the local springs and Mirador (look-out point), visiting our organic gardens, learning to weave and cook traditionally, or in a cultural class, then enjoy a delicious lunch with a local family. You will have the opportunity to buy typical artisan products directly from local indigenous women at the prices they sell to vendors in Antigua, which provides them the opportunity to support their families proudly.
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Ma Fda Batista wrote a review Oct 2019
Baltimore, Maryland3 contributions1 helpful vote
Small change for big change is a wonderful organization who is committed to helping the community and its development. With their approach on cooperation they have built a strong relationship with the local families. It's on a beautiful location that allowed us to get to now the real livelihoods of rural Guatemala and it's indigenous culture. It's well worth the visit.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Sandy M wrote a review May 2019
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What a treat! We have been to visit Small Change 4 Big Change 3 times now and look forward to going back. It’s a great way to learn about the culture of Guatemala that you don’t get on any tour. You are invited into the homes of families for a delicious, authentic Guatemalan meal and hospitality. You can even dress in their traditional clothing (woven by themselves). These Indigenous people don’t have a lot but they still have their dignity and need opportunities, not hand outs. This is the goal of Small Change 4 Big Change and the reason they got started. Lisa and Irvin (founders) have obviously dedicated their lives to finding ways to help with this. Along with serving meals in their homes to help make some extra money, the women are able to sell bags. Lisa and Irvin were able to get sewing machines donated from the United States and now they have a sewing club every week. The women have learned to make these bags that replace plastic bags and have been able to sell them (they made beautiful and very reasonable Christmas gift!). This has helped to provide for their families and improve their quality of life. We learned so much about these beautiful people and are so impressed with the work that Irvin and Lisa are doing there. It’s well worth the effort to get out there (about 20 minutes outside of Antigua). You’ll be glad you did! So glad we found this little diamond in the rough!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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lydiaweyrich1 wrote a review Jun 2018
Columbus, Ohio2 contributions1 helpful vote
The entire project is amazingly orchestrated and well worth a visit, even if just for one day. The project managers are very welcoming and do their jobs well. And they both speak English and Spanish! Visited 5 times so far and still excited to come.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Laos Z wrote a review Feb 2018
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala1 contribution
It was well worth the fee to be guests of Lisa and her husband Irvin, whose unbridled enthusiasm for their charitable work, encourages their team to do their best for the local people in their village. We visited the pre school classroom, sewing and craft room and admired Irvins permaculture programme We really recommend joining in the fascinating cultural programme where three ladies from the village, made an interactive presentation about traditional courting and marriage ceremonies. It was great fun to see my wife dressed in full marriage regalia and acting as the bride and pleasing the "Mother in Law" ........! Followed by a simple but healthy lunch in their village house where it was clear to see the end result of Lisa's efforts, as one of the girls has ambitions to be an Accountant and the three young boys are all aspiring musicians and artists. Well done and a very professional effort that is worthy of your support. Jilly and Peter Burnet. UK.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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Response from 9Batz, Manager at Small Change 4 Big Change
Responded Feb 5, 2018
Thank you for your review, it was a joy to have you!
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Rachel P wrote a review Jul 2017
3 contributions1 helpful vote
I have been blessed to volunteer with SmallChange three different summers. The organization is well managed and the other volunteers/employees are friendly and welcoming. The indigenous people of Santa Catarina and Chiri Juyu have welcomed me into their homes and shared precious memories with me. They are happy to share whatever they have with generous hearts. Any portion of time here will leave a huge impact on your heart and will have lasting impacts on the people here. The projects range from community gardens to English classes for children, goat co-ops, preschool classes, street dog vaccinations and castrations, installing sustainable stoves and chimneys, the list goes on and on to empower the people here with tools to overcome generational poverty. Whether you come as a volunteer for the summer or are stopping through during a visit to Antigua, I whole-heartedly recommend getting involved with SmallChange4BigChange! :) Come volunteer or sponsor the upcoming vet clinic!
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Date of experience: June 2017
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