JustHope supports our Nicaraguan partner communities in the following programming areas.

School children gather around several large plastic bottles of water hung from a wooden crossbeam for hand washing.

Handwashing stations, also called Tippy-Taps, are a low-cost solution for schools that do not otherwise have a place for children to clean their hands during the school day. Fashioned from low-cost and readily found materials, they are easy to install and maintain.

Women in Nicaragua cannot access traditional loans without presenting significant assets for collateral and, traditionally, Nicaraguan women do not own such assets. Therefore, it is extremely difficult for them to get seed capital to start their own businesses and supplemental capital to continue to grow them. JustHope’s Microcredit Coordinator explains, “What we want is that women have the resources to live their lives without depending on other people.”


Creating jobs and opportunities for economic development is the primary way that JustHope lives into our mission of "combating extreme poverty." We believe that every person has a right to work, and our experience shows that meaningful work not only helps people meet basic needs, it increases one's sense of dignity.

JustHope’s Social Enterprise programs focus on creating a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation that cultivates inclusive and diversified economies in our partner communities. We do this primarily through supporting small business ventures and through microcredit lending banks.

In 2018, JustHope...

  • Maintained 14 microbanks, providing loans to 157 people.
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    Supported the Chacraseca Hardware Store in serving an average of 200 people per week.

    ...And the La Flor Community Store.

  • Kept the Stitching Hope Cooperative going, employing 5 women.
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    Sold Nicaraguan artisan goods, such as pottery by the Lopez Family and Stitching Hope items, at events in the U.S.

Our Social Enterprise Projects