Because the formal labor market in Nicaragua is quite limited, we also provide support and mentoring for the development of small businesses. After vocational training, those businesses that show the most promise are provided with additional training and seed capital to purchase equipment and supplies.
To date, we have worked to develop a women’s sewing business, a women’s bakery and a carpentry shop for eight young men. While these businesses will take time to become independent and self-sustaining, they are currently generating income for more than twenty five families. The key to long-term success is providing mentoring and support during the early stages of business development.