People

 

Lisa Mitchell de Mena, Founder/Director – In 2011, Lisa came to Guatemala and fell in love with everything, and founded Small Change 4 Big Change in 2012. Lisa has dedicated her life to the community and loves being out with the people. She wants to empower the local indigenous families to help themselves, and remind people that God knows the needs of His people and meets them. Her passion is street dogs. Email: lisa@bigchange.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irvin Mena, Project Manager – Irvin is an agronomy student and has been working with Small Change 4 Big Change since early 2014. Irvin is interested in sustainable agriculture and working with the indigenous families to help them raise efficient, organic food. Irvin and Lisa were married in August 2015. Email: irvin@bigchange.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonia Hernandez, Teacher- Sonia is a young, local teacher who runs early childhood education and the reading room. Most parents don’t believe in preschool because they think it is a “waste of time” and the kids are “just playing,” so children are often sent directly to 1st grade, where they are fortunate to pass their first year, and struggling through it at that. In 2017 we started a preschool program for local underprivileged children ages 3-4 and Sonia runs it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Franco Tobar, Veterinarian-