Ometepe Sustainability Group
Our mission is to develop and implement sustainable solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice to children and families on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. Children and families on this double volcano island of Ometepe, now devastated by political unrest and tropical storms, have few resources with which to develop their amazing work ethic and cultural strengths. This project will work in partnership with local communities to sustainably nurture markets that can feed families and can help to educate their children. This group aims to create more pathways to increased prosperity while respecting local cultural values and social institutions.
Training children and families to participate in a market as successful vendors. Market Money coupons (30 cents each) are distributed to children to buy food and school supplies at the market. These coupons also guarantee some money to the vendors in a cashpoor economy, as they learn marketing skills. Transportation is provided to and from outlying villages so that buyers and sellers can get to the market and back in one day.
Organic and sustainable agricultural practices will be mentored and supported, which will provide more food and will increase the products vendors can sell.
Partnering with schools to teach business skills. Liaisons will assist teachers and students to develop courses in marketing, basic accounting, English classes and hospitality management, using the farmer’s market as a classroom. The first step is providing solar reading lights to each child and books to encourage learning.