I joined the Board of www.SosteNica.org in November of 2016, and have become over time better acquainted with, and increasingly impressed by, the organization's people, their accomplishments, ongoing activities and plans to help serve the endearing people of Nicaragua. In October of 2017, I spent a week in Nicaragua with truly amazing supporters of SosteNica (friends, family, other Board members) commemorating the organization's 25th anniversary, and also meeting with local young entrepreneurs, visiting schools we support, planting trees & building or funding clean cook stoves for local campesinos, and visiting Nicaraguan micro-credit partners. I didn’t know what to expect of this trip – but I knew I had to make it, to get more context regarding SosteNica's Nagarote EcoCentro activities and Nicaragua more generally - so I could be a better Board member. I was awestruck with the cheerful, welcoming and industrious Nicaraguan people, and the considerable challenges they face. The delegation members are each now new friends that I cherish; the Nicaraguan people have my utmost respect and admiration. It was an amazing trip – inspiring in fact…and I think my goals were met and exceeded. Indeed, my impressions of the organization and its mission are affirmed. It is an exceedingly deserving cause.
I've been involved with SosteNica for many years and am impressed with the vision and dedication of its founder Alan Wright. Programs are well thought out and adjusted based on reviews and changes in circumstances always with an eye toward reducing climate change and building resiliance for Nicaraguans. The staff in Nicaragua is outstanding.
SosteNica is provides opportunities for North Americans to make a real impact in the lives of Nicaraguan farmers and small business owners through loans and technical support. I have been an investor since 2005 and also worked for three years as a staff member in Nicaragua, and can vouch for the integrity and quality of the loans services provided through their partner organizations. SosteNica is a small group of creative individuals who are skilled at taking limited resoures and maximizing their impact with creative combinations of credit and technical assistance. If you are interested in using your savings to make the world a better place socially, economically and environmentally, I urge you to make an investment with SosteNica.