JustHope supports our Nicaraguan partner communities in the following programming areas.
In response to a meeting with a group of women in Chacraseca regarding their situation and concerns, JustHope started its first microbank project in July, 2009. That first cycle of lending gave 12 women the opportunity to start their own small business. Loans of $50 - 250 were made for businesses as diverse as small stores, growing pigs, selling tortillas, and farming small plots of land.
Sonañdo Juntos Ferreteria y Tienda
The store is expanding! After two years in operation, the residents of Chacraseca are celebrating the Ferreteria as one of the best things that has happened in their community.
"I can ride my horse to get what I need!"
"It's wonderful, now I don't have to go the León to buy nails!"
"I think I can repair my house now!"
Cultural traditions and art are often the first things lost when a community struggles with persistent poverty, depriving young people of a sense of identity and belonging. This, in turn, puts youth at higher risk of gang involvement, drug use, and dropping out of high school.
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.