Nicaragua Programs & Projects
Nicaragua Community Health Connection (NCHC)
Nicaragua Community Health Connection (NCHC) is a collaboration between the residents of Los Robles, local partner Comunidad Connect and the Social Enterprise @ Goizueta program. NCHC launched in 2012 with a long-term community health program in Los Robles, a hardworking community of over 2,000 men, women, and children in northern Nicaragua. The goal of the NCHC is to improve health with local access to much-needed clinical services, while encouraging a range of supporting community preventative and educational health initiatives. Please visit www.nicachc.org to learn more and follow the project on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Nicachc.
Farmers to 40
Farmers to 40 is a social enterprise that encourages sustainable economic development within the coffee-growing communities of Nicaragua with a direct trade model that adequately compensates farmers for the time, skill and effort required to produce coffee beans of the highest quality. Farmers to 40 sells excellent coffee to consumers while returning 40% of the retail sale price to our Nicaraguan partner farmers who grow the beans. Please visit www.farmersto40.com to learn more and follow the project on Facebook at www.facebook.com/farmersto40.
Coffee Community Connections
In support of the Farmers to 40 program, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, Comunidad Connect and Finca El Petén offered the second Coffee Community Connections tour in November 2013. These three-day trips are designed to help folks better understand and appreciate the people and processes behind the coffee that we drink. To see the 2013 itinerary, click here.
The article, "Caffeine Fix," by Paige Parvin (96G) in the Winter 2014 issue of Emory Magazine provides excellent background reading about the Farmers to 40 program, and our related activities in Nicaragua, including the 2013 Coffee Community Connections trip. Click here to read Paige’s article.
Nicaragua Travel Program
In partnership with Comunidad Connect, SE@G has developed a series of travel modules in Nicaragua that expose Goizueta students and faculty to the challenges of sustainable economic development, as well as social entrepreneurs and enterprises working to address these challenges. With trips designed for EvMBA, MBA and BBA students, SE@G professors lead multiple student groups each year. In 2013, the March module was expanded to include time in Costa Rica, thanks to a newly formed friendship with S.E.E.D., a law firm that works with ecologically-aware and socially-oriented businesses.