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Opportunity in Times of Crisis Matching Fund

June 2020 Newsletter

May 2020 Newsletter

A Mother’s Hard Work

“My name is Darling Díaz, and I live in the Colonia Apoyo al Combatiente neighborhood in Matagalpa. I have four children, and one of them has a disability. Marlon is 7 years old, and he was born with a psychomotor retardation. Because of his condition, Marlon has continual medical needs and requires special nutrition and care. For five years now, Rayo de Sol has unconditionally supported me with my son. They have made certain that he gets medical attention, fortified nutrition, and they’ve even helped with diapers and other supplies. My husband doesn’t have a stable job, and it’s difficult for us to cover the basic necessities of our family.

Last year, I was able to get a job through Rayo de Sol to help me cover my household costs. I participated in a vocational education program and was able to get a job. Rayo de Sol continues to help me, but now I can cover some of my children’s costs with what I earn from my hard work. I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had through Rayo de Sol these past few years. It has definitely changed my life and the life of my family.”

COVID-19 Response

Giving Tuesday Came Early!

April 2020 Newsletter

A Family Held Together

Marbelly is a single mother who lives with her three daughters in the Nuevo Amanecer neighborhood. Since the social and political crisis that affected Nicaragua in 2018, she has been struggling to cover the family’s basic needs. With so little formal employment available, she decided it was time to start her own business. Six months ago, she came to our office to request a loan, and her life changed dramatically.

Marbelly set up a small business at home making snacks like potato chips, plantain chips and other types of chips made with local vegetables. It was not easy to get started and generate enough sales to support her girls, but little by little she has built her business with help from her daughters. Had it not been for the loan, Marbelly would likely have had to leave her family and migrate to Costa Rica or Panama to find employment.

“This business kept my family together,” she told us. “If I hadn’t gotten a loan from Rayo de Sol, I would have had to go to Costa Rica to find work as a maid, like so many other women in my community. I am so grateful to be earning enough money to support my children. This is truly a blessing for my family.”

March 2020 Newsletter

The 2019 Impact Report Is Here!