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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!

February 2020 Newsletter

Juan Carlos’ Story

“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.”

Hasner Summer Trip

January 2020 Newsletter

We Did It!