In 2019, Erin Thomas traveled to Guatemala to visit a women’s farm collective sponsored by the global humanitarian organization CARE. There, she met Sandra Xiquin, a former day laborer who now runs the collective.
“She invited us into her home and told us her story,” says Thomas, senior director of the PepsiCo Foundation. “Her two young boys needed special uniforms for a school holiday celebration. She couldn’t afford them. It was so painful to her, so shameful, that she decided she had to do something.” So Xiquin joined the collective she now leads, and it provided capital and training that helped her farm a plot of land, lift her family out of poverty and build a house.