Fifteen women in the drought-prone region of Ochomogo, Nicaragua want to build a brighter future for their families. They aren't all literate, but they are ready to learn how to start up small businesses to generate income to better support their families. Each woman already has a strong idea of the business she wants to run and a work ethic to make it succeed. With coaching in basic business planning & start-up capital, they'll be able to meet their basic needs & secure their financial futures.
These mothers know what is best for their families and their children's priorities- whether it be choosing to provide school uniforms, notebooks, or more nutritious meals. But they shouldn't have to choose only one. A small loan provides women choices and simple tools they need to jump-start their business. On average, 9 out of 10 women will pay back their loans in less than 6 months, solve their immediate needs, and at the same time, pave their path to a more independent and successful future.
By issuing women the training they need in starting up small businesses, and capital in putting their business ideas in to action, they're able to achieve self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency translates to empowerment and sustainability. Like Gema, the women of Ochomogo are ready to start their businesses; they just need your help. $240 covers training, and the initial loan for each woman to achieve that self-sufficiency. Join us in this opportunity to help them help themselves (read more below).
This is about more than economic development for 15 women: it's about advancing human dignity. Mothers take pride in sending their children to bed well-fed, in a decent home each night, and then off to school clothed in proper school uniforms each morning. We teach women about personal & family health so one illness doesn't bankrupt them anymore, and help them open savings accounts at commercial banks so they can join the formal economy. But most of all, we build self-esteem and create leaders.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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