From the left: Oberto, Yoenis, Francisco, Heidy, Alfonso (Volunteer from Venezuela), and Mayra.
Oberto is a lovely hearted, soft spoken, Zenu indigenous man whose family has unfortunately had a lot of bad luck. His younger sister became mentally disabled after an accident when she was a toddler, his family was then forceably displaced during Colombia’s violence. In 2015, his mother passed, leaving him and his father to be the sole caregivers of his sister. Working since the age of 14 out of necessity to finance his family, Oberto has great work ethic but due to his background and coming from a family of illiterate parents, he has not be able to fine tune his basic maths and writing skills and so we are working with him to improve this along with his fine motor skills. He has a big interest in the world and a desire to travel and see other countries. His caring personality make him perfect at customer service and dealing with customers.
Oberto es un hombre indígena de Zenu, de corazón suave y suave, cuya familia ha tenido desafortunadamente mucha mala suerte. Su hermana menor se volvió mentalmente discapacitada después de un accidente cuando era una niña pequeña, su familia fue desplazada forzadamente durante la violencia de Colombia. En 2015, su madre fallecio, dejando que él y su padre fueran los únicos cuidadores de su hermana. Trabajando desde la edad de 14 años por necesidad para financiar a su familia, Oberto tiene una gran ética de trabajo, pero debido a sus antecedentes y procedentes de una familia de padres analfabetos, no ha podido afinar sus conocimientos básicos de matemáticas y escritura, están trabajando con él para mejorar esto junto con sus habilidades motoras finas. Tiene un gran interés en el mundo y un deseo de viajar y ver otros países. Su personalidad de cuidado le acen perfecto en el servicio al cliente y tratar con los clientes.
Constantly asking questions, wanting to learn and studying english every night at home. He has a real knack for cooking and loves helping Tom and Hannah in the kitchen making bread, preparing food and experimenting new recipes. Since joining us he has changed his study plans from dental assistant to entering school to become a chef so that he can support and offer better opportunities for his wife and now 1 and a half year old daughter, is so inspiring.
Constantemente haciendo preguntas, queriendo aprender y estudiar inglés cada noche en casa, el deseo de Francisco de lograr sus sueños de ir a la universidad y tener una profesión médica para que pueda apoyar y ofrecer mejores oportunidades para su esposa y hija recién nacida, es tan inspirador. Él tiene un don real para cocinar y ama ayudar a Tom ya Hannah en la cocina que hace el pan, preparando la comida y experimentando nuevas recetas.
She has a happy character and an apt for learning new skills. After working with us for six months we started to train her as a supervisor and she has continued to excel during her time here.
She has a strong desire to overcome life’s challenges and give her daughters the best education and opportunities. During her time at Cafe Stepping Stone she has renovated her house, which only had 3 walls, no bathroom and a dirt floor into a home she is proud of. Now she is looking to move to safer neighbourhood to ensure the safety of herself and her daughters.
A motivated and strong willed afro woman who was studying primary school teaching but had to leave due to lack of finances, starting off as a waitress in the restaurant we soon realised she had a talent and love of cooking so we trained her up in the kitchen, and has now taken a role with more responsibility caring for Cafe Stepping Stones little sister, The Pebble.
Having worked with us for over a year she has managed to save enough money and is returning to university in mid 2019.
Rosa is a very confident young woman who is highly motivated to change her life, having always wanted to go to university she has enrolled in a government funded vocational school and a university preparation course to help her enter into the University of Cartagena to study law or engineering.
Coming from the tiny town of Rocha 1.5 hours from Cartagena, this small but fiery lady like to speak her mind and is very strong in her feminist values, speaking out about the objectification of women. She currently lives with her aunt in Cartagena she sends money back to support her 3 sisters and mother in Rocha. Her current goal for
Born in Venezuela but moved to Cartagena very young, lives in a small house with another family. Is very intent on learning English always asking for clarification on pronunciation and greetings.
A very quiet and shy man but has made some life long friends at the cafe, very pleasant and kind to be around and a very good dancer and singer when he comes out of his shell. One of his goals for the year is to become less timid and have more confidence, and his first step will be singing a song in front of his coworkers.
Born in Lorica, Cordoba, moved to Cartagena and lived on a wooden boat for 5 years before moving to Olaya Herrera in Cartagena, one of the most dangerous areas in Cartagena. She has a 3 year old daughter, Yarid, and is saving up her money to move from Olaya to a more safe and secure area of the city. She also hopes to learn as much as she can while at Cafe Stepping Stone, especially in the areas of english and learning how to use the computer and the computer systems.
Born in Tuchin, Cordoba, was conscripted into mandatory military service but once finished he moved to Cartagena in August 2018 to find work so he could earn extra money to obtain his high school certificate and get experience to further his career goals.
A confident bubbly young woman who is eager to learn, give good service and progress her way up in the ranks in the hospitality industry. Mayra started studying to be a nurse but had to leave university due to financial issues. Her family was reliant off her husband’s income through his informal self employment as a motorbike taxi driver. She has a knack at making coffees and cocktails. Her iniciative and responsible nature at work helps the cafe run smoothly and efficiently and we look forward to helping her find full time employment in a nice restaurant or hotel in Cartagena.
Una joven confidente que está ansiosa por aprender, dar un buen servicio y el progreso de su camino en las filas de la industria de la hospitalidad. Mayra comenzó a estudiar para ser una enfermera, pero tuvo que salir de la universidad debido a problemas financieros. Su familia dependía de los ingresos de su esposo a través de su auto empleo informal como mototaxista. Ella tiene un don para hacer cafés y cócteles. Su iniciativa y responsabilidad en el trabajo ayudan a que el café funcione sin problemas y eficientemente y esperamos ayudarla a encontrar empleo a tiempo completo en un bonito restaurante o hotel en Cartagena.
She suffered a hard childhood in which her own grandmother abused her verbally and physcially, she was then forced to be a street vendor and do all the household chores from the age of 9 in her family home after her mother passed away and father remained absent. Things seemed to be taking a better turn when she met her husband at 16. She is now a mother of three but things unfortunately turned sour with her husband, leaving her a sole caregiver and unemployed without any work experience. She is grateful for the opportunity of employment and aims to have secure stable employment. Her vibrant contagious smile and caring motherly nature is an automatic win with all customers.
Ella sufrió una infancia dura en la que su propia abuela abusó de ella verbal y físicamente, luego se vio obligada a ser vendedora callejera y hacer todas las tareas domésticas a partir de los 9 años en su hogar después de que su madre falleció y el padre permaneció ausente. Las cosas parecían estar mejorando cuando conoció a su esposo a los 16 años. Ahora es madre de tres hijos, pero las cosas, desafortunadamente, se volvieron agrias con su esposo, dejándola sola cuidando y desempleada sin ninguna experiencia de trabajo. Ella está agradecida por la oportunidad de empleo y aspira a tener un empleo estable y seguro. Su vibrante sonrisa contagiosa y la naturaleza maternal cuidadosa es una victoria automática con todos los clientes.
He was born in La Boquilla and is studying a Bachelor of Tourism and Languages with the help of a scholarship and has as a goal to study civil engineering and dreams of traveling around the world. He wants to be a young entrepreneur with desires to overcome and want to get ahead.
A few months ago his mother died of cancer, so he is now the sole carer of his younger brother and home as his father left when he was 8 years old.
El nació en la boquilla es estudiante de tecnología en turismo e idiomas va en segundo semestre en el cual esta becado y tiene como meta estudiar ingeniería civil una vez que termine la carrera actual tiene como sueño viajar por mundo.
Es un joven emprendedor con deseos de superacion y ganas de salir adelante.
Hace unos meses su madre falleció de cáncer quedado solo con su hermana menor ya que su padre se fue de casa cuando solo tenía ocho años hoy en día tiene dos trabajos para mantener su hogar y a su hermana menor.