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A Wanderful Giveaway!

  We've collaborated before with the intrepid ladies over at Wanderful where their goal is to empower women travelers to explore the world and to connect with each other. We're all about experiential travel and making powerful, personal connections. So, we were thrilled when they reached...

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01 March
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A Fond Farewell: Lucy Jodlowska

At the end of this month the Spark Ventures team will bid farewell to Lucy Jodlowska, our Director of Social Impact Investments.     After more than four years of significant contributions to the Spark Ventures mission, Lucy is moving on to explore new opportunities. Lucy has...

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24 May
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Feliz Cumpleaños Las Tías – A Farm Field Trip

Sometimes Lucy, our Director of Social Impact Investments, spends her days in Nicaragua hiking up trails on our farm where you need a machete to get through the undergrowth. Sometimes she spends her days in meetings with distributors discussing purchasing agreements for cacao and honey....

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07 October
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The Spark Story, Now on Instagram

Our Director of Social Impact Investments, Lucy Jodlowska, also happens to be our in-house photographer extraordinaire. Thanks to her incredible skills, you are able to see our work in action in vivid detail - and since she's in the field so frequently, we get lots...

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09 June
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Honeybee Pilot Hives Begin Buzzing

Thirty hives on Nicaragua farm undergo first honey extraction harvest   We're thrilled to announce the launch of honey production on our farm investment in Nicaragua. With a pilot launch of 30 hives buzzing away (ultimately the farm will play host to 100 hives) we are already...

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05 May
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Counting our Chickens

Our social impact partner's poultry farm in Zambia, like any business, benefits from economy of scale. As the farm grows, the profit margins on their production increase - leading to more net revenue and more funds that can be transferred to support the operations of...

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19 April
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Nicaragua Thrills – See for yourself!

When people ask us about Spark Ventures' business driven philanthropy model or the impact this model has on hundreds of children in Nicaragua and Zambia, we often find ourselves saying at some point in the conversation: "Come and see for yourself!" Last week we had...

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17 February
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Welcome Arnold, Spark’s New Program Manager!

We are thrilled to announce the newest member of our team, Arnold Duijzer! To help you (and us!) get to know Arnold a little better, we had a little Q&A session with him.     Where are you from and what did you study? I was born and raised in a...

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12 January
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Field trip to the farm… to visit our fluffy friends!

After spending 5 days in Ndola at Hope Ministries, our partnership trip travelers headed south to Lusaka, the capital and largest city in Zambia, to visit the poultry farm. The poultry farm was established in collaboration between Spark and Hope Ministries to serve as a...

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23 July
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Launching an Agribusiness in Nicaragua

We are at a critical phase in our launch of the Nicaraguan agribusiness, so I was in the country for a few days last week. Lucy, our Director of Partnerships, has been on the ground for almost three months now, and has created great momentum...

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08 July
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