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 conduct annual Coffee Community Connection tours, with trips to Nicaragua each winter. These four-day trips are designed to help folks better understand and appreciate the people and processes behind the coffee that we drink.  To see a sample itinerary, please 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 and 2014, the March module included time in Costa Rica and the 2015 MBA module included El Salvador in its itinerary.