Nicaragua: Women Leaders in Latin America
In 2013 Spark Ventures expanded our partnerships to include Las Tías in León, Nicaragua. Las Tías was started by 8 business women in 1989 after the revolution in their country. They began reaching out to street children and 20 years later, they had two thriving community centers providing meals, education, health care, and job skills training – serving over 150 youth annually.
But their funding sources were slowly disappearing, jeopardizing their high-impact work. Spark stepped in to cover salaries, expand their meal program and hire additional social workers to support the mental health of children coming from unstable homes or with a history of child abuse.
Spark Ventures has also invested in an agricultural project that has created jobs and will generate future revenue to support Las Tías. On this farm, we have planted cacao and plantain trees and invested in honeybee hives. This social enterprise will help support Las Tías and their work serving vulnerable youth in Nicaragua.