JustHope News

Microcredit recipients fill out paperwork in this image from a video about the microcredit program. Text over the image reads "Lives and communities can be transformed through microcredit."

What good could a few hundred dollars do? If you were to ask this question of a small business owner in the United States, the answer would probably be a swift “Not much!” We spotlight the Microcredit Program in this month's newsletter.

When Glenin Beatriz Martinez Mungia from the Boca de Cantaro sector in Chacraseca, Nicaragua, began to study at her local university, it was a financial strain on her family. They soon realized that there simply wasn't enough to put food on the table and pay for school, so Glenin had to quit. She thought she would never realize her dream of earning a degree. Then, 20 women came together to change that.

When JustHope Founder Leslie Penrose and her husband Steve stepped off the plane in Managua, Nicaragua, a few weeks ago, they didn’t know what to expect. Granted, they had been there hundreds of times before over the course of many years, but this time was different. It was the first time they had visited Nicaragua since unrest began back in April.

Since Nicaragua's civil unrest began in April, we have fielded a slew of heartbreaking questions about the sustainability of JustHope’s programs and our presence in Nicaragua given the current unrest: “Is JustHope closing its doors?” “What are you really accomplishing if you can’t send groups to Nicaragua?” “Why should I give to an organization on questionable ground?”