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a woman holds a bundle of dried bean stalks in each hand

La Flor has a miracle harvest after the hurricanes devasted their crops last year. Ramona has an incredible story of her successful business made possible by microcredit lending. Plus two event announcements and a social media video highlight.

Ramona stands with one of her cattle

by Elba Delgado, trans. Francis González

Ramona Francisca Manzanares, a resident of Nicaragua’s Miramar community, is a role model for women in JustHope’s microcredit program. However, this 74-year-old widow and mother of eight wasn’t always this confident. In fact, when she received her first $250 loan in 2014, she was so scared that she buried the money.

JustHope's staff in Nicaragua sending their holiday greetings.

This was a year of paradoxes. At times in 2020, JustHope’s global partners felt more distant than ever. From cancelled trips to social distancing, we struggled to imagine how we would claim our togetherness. Yet in other ways, this year revealed the connectedness of our network.