Ezequiel is seven years old and lives with his parents and two sisters in the Nuevo Amanecer neighborhood. He is one of the special needs patients that we have been treating in our medical program for the past four years.
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.”
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
As Christians, we feel a strong moral obligation to continue to provide basic support services for the families we serve, without taking unnecessary risks. In the midst of this chaotic situation, we have also completed our 2019 Impact Report, which we’d like to share with you.
Rosethmi is currently receiving treatment at the children’s hospital in Managua and will have surgery in the next few months. Noelia is praying that her daughter will one day be able to walk and we want to help make that dream come true.
“My name is Juan Carlos, and I am 19 years old. A few years ago, my life felt pretty meaningless, and I was caught in a life full of different vices. But in those most difficult moments, the Rayo de Sol team offered me a scholarship to start attending high school. I wasn’t too excited, but I decided to try it out. When I started to get more involved in the Rayo de Sol scholarship program, I became a lot more excited to continue my studies and create a different future for myself.
Three years ago, I also started participating in a training program through Rayo de Sol about carpentry. I’ve really enjoyed learning this trade, and me and the other guys from the training program decided to start a Rayo de Sol carpentry workshop. Now, we work and we study.
Thanks to these opportunities, I finished my high school degree in December of 2019, and I’m now starting to study in college. I’m also the leader of the carpentry workshop, and that allows me to earn some money to help my mom, since she’s a single mother. I plan to keep studying in order to be able to help my family more and become a professional.”
This summer Rayo de Sol co-founder, Stephen Hasner and his family will travel to Nicaragua! God has called the Hasners to serve Him in a radical way by immersing their family in Nicaraguan culture and life.
Eveling is twenty years old and has participated in our programs for the past six years. She and her family started a bakery two years ago, through our small business development program, which is generating income for the whole family. Eveling has also been a scholarship student and is studying business administration.
We are incredibly grateful for God’s provision through the faithful support of the Rayo de Sol family. Because of you: Teens and kids will hear the gospel and be encouraged to grow in their faith. Children will receive the nutritious food they need to grow healthy and thrive.
Comedian Andrew Stanley invites you to join us for a fun night full of inspiring stories of the work God is doing in Nicaragua…even if his roommate Hal won’t be there. Scroll down to register!