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.
Creating jobs and opportunities for economic development is the primary way that JustHope lives into our value 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.
Stitching Hope is a women's fabric art and sewing cooperative in Chacraseca, Nicaragua. In 2011, a group of creative women, in partnership with JustHope and the founding partner, began developing the enterprise.
La Flor means "the flower" and the beauty of the area is true to the name. La Flor is a small community situated at the top of a mountain in Nicaragua’s cloud forest.
But life in La Flor is a challenge.
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 Leon to buy nails!"
"I think I can repair my house now!"
A group of 270 farmers from the furthest sectors in Chacraseca sent representatives to us with an urgent request to help them buy a new tractor.
JustHope has been visiting the potters' village, San Juan de Oriente, for several years. Over these years, a friendship and partnersip was formed with the Lopez family potters, Cándida, Fanor, Isaias, and Leandro.