The economic crisis hit particularly the poor children in Argentina. In July 2000, a group of middle-class women in Pilar, a town of some 230,000 inhabitants, 30 km outside of Buenos Aires, founded the project “Personitas” (Little People).
Bread Against Misery became aware of this project. The goal is to give the children at least one warm meal a day.
Almost all families have children whose fathers have no work, often without education and a very high amount of parents are illiterate. The unemployment rate in Pilar is very high, as many industrial enterprises have closed operations.
Many of the poor children have to go to school hungry – if they even go. Often they suffer from chronic bronchial diseases, dermatitis, parasites etc.
With much persistence and commitment of the initiators of the project, the foundation has finally managed to get a piece of land from the municipality in Manuel Alberti.
In collaboration with the unemployed parents, “Personitas” built a two-story building on its own initiative. The building material was donated by companies from the neighborhood.
In addition to the daily meal, there are currently 100 children receiving school assistance and a medical check-ups. The project includes a tailor shop, a hair salon and a kitchen. Not only young people are trained here, but their parents receive training and are encouraged to start small businesses.
In addition to German bakery products, they mainly bake typical local products, which are sometimes a challenge for the master bakers.
Some of the baked goods are sold directly and delivered by bicycle or with the newly purchased car in the surrounding residential area.
In 2015, after consultation with the project partners, the project ended and the bakery building was converted into a kindergarten.
Our cooperation partner in this project is ¡futuro sí! – Initiative for Children in Latin America and the UBS Optimus Foundation in Germany.