My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Sostenica Inc, West Chester, PA, USA
I heard of SosteNica through a family connection and was curious enough to take the trip down to see what they are doing for the people of Nicaragua with my own eyes. To my surprise, traveling along side us visitors were board members, an investor, the CEO, and the Founder of SosteNica. Working, sweating, teaching, and learning beside us the entire trip. That is what I, and now my friends and family back home, found so impressive about this organization. The people involved sincerely care for, and want to help these people and their country. There is no doubt that the money of it's supporters and lenders are in the right hands.
The micro-loans they lend to entrepreneurs who need the help getting a small business started is especially great. These people have such potential and it's only a lack of funds that are holding them back. SosteNica helps them with that.
Safe stove building is also so important for the safety and health of families cooking over open fire. Besides the obviously health benefits and greatly reduced burn risk, it requires much less firewood: less need to cut down trees. (And for those with land, a discount is offered for these stoves if the family is able to plant a number of trees). In turn, improving the health of the environment.
I had the privilege of attending a school that was celebrating having easy access to water again, and now a garden to water as well. All this thanks to SosteNica. This was a happy moment, but also sad to witness children with so little and having to face such difficulties in order to get an education. The fact that the government only provides them only with one meal of rice and beans a day, and that a garden with other nutrients from fruits and vegetables is such a luxury to them was hard to know. I was so grateful they had help.
It seems every service SosteNica has to offer is a win-win for both the people in need, and the environment. It is truly impressive.
This organization and the beautiful souls putting their heart and energy into it will stay with me forever. I can't wait to watch what else they will do for the people of Nicaragua and to do as much as I can to contribute with them.