Build Relationships. Break Poverty. | Interview with Samuel Montero, Program Manager in Guatemala

This episode of “Build Relationships. Break Poverty.” was recorded on a blizzarding day at a local library in Colorado Springs. HopeChest headquarters had closed, but Guatemala Program Manager, Sam Montero, and Vice President of Community Partnerships, Rachel Andrews, were determined not to let the snow interfere with podcast-recording day.

Sam is an incredible asset to HopeChest Guatemala’s team. His love of both entrepreneurship and theology equip him to mentor others in finding their unique talents and assets and leveraging those to move toward self-sustainability.  As Program Manager, he oversees projects and programs at Guatemala’s CarePoints, as well as the directly implemented CarePoints.


Rachel standing on a rock to look taller next to Sam
Sam and Rachel in a rubber tree forest near La Cuchilla CarePoint in Guatemala

In this month’s episode, Sam shares how a focus on restoring dignity to children, their families, and their entire communities will transform Guatemala. Hear Sam explain his unique path to work with HopeChest; why the Friendship Model is crucial for children who often have no choice; and what he tells each team that visits Guatemala from HopeChest. This conversation is one that you won’t want to miss.

“Part of restoring dignity for the families has to be providing opportunities for an income — giving them a way to provide for their families. If you do that, involving a discipleship component at the church, you will have success.” Sam Montero



Sitting in the interviewer’s seat is Rachel Andrews, who has been working with HopeChest for 19 years. As VP of Community Partnerships, Rachel leads the team responsible for managing all aspects of community partnerships, both locally and internationally. She also travels frequently to our overseas offices and CarePoints around the globe for ongoing relationship building.



Sam standing in front of Antigua in the backgroundSamuel Montero is a Program Manager in Guatemala. In this position, he oversees projects and programs at CarePoints, mentoring CarePoint leaders and community entrepreneurs. He also helps people to achieve restoration in a theological way, but at the same time give them hope and answers for their basic needs, going beyond just physical needs to help them succeed in life through economic empowerment initiatives, empowering them to create small businesses.





“Build Relationships. Break Poverty.” is a podcast that challenges the Western perception of international poverty by elevating the voices of local leaders and processing how we can help to alleviate poverty without harming those living in vulnerable communities.



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