The Solidarity Project is a 501(c)3 organization working with a network of Honduran Community Leaders in seven partner communities to execute development projects of the communities' choice through our Community Micro-grant program, Mesa Comunitaria. With the impact of Covid-19 and Hurricane Eta & Iota, many projects will support rebuilding and expansion of damaged water systems, reconstruction of a collapsed bridge and funds will support our Covid-19 response work in health and food security.
Community Leaders in Honduras have the knowledge and vision to develop solutions for local problems, but often lack the partnership, capital, and skills to make their ideas a reality. Research indicates that with the provision of information, skills, and financial support, community leaders can effectively organize and address local problems. Our Mesa Comunitaria (MC) micro-grant project allows us to identify and support Honduran Leaders with ideas to improve their communities.
Inspired by the "Detroit SOUP" model, MC is a micro-granting project in which community leaders design, select, and execute development projects. The centerpiece of MC is an event where community members pitch their ideas for social change, and those ideas are voted on by their fellow community members. The winning projects are implemented with the support of the community and TSP.
The MC migro-grant project will fund up to seven community designed projects in the department of Francisco Morazan, Honduras impacting over 10,000 people. In the pa, TSP micro-grants will support strengthening potable water systems, reconstruction of a collapsed bridge from Hurricane Iota, and making improvements to local school infrastructures, among others. These projects improve Honduran communities, cultivate leaders, and give communities lasting tools to continue to create positive change.