Who is Supply Hope?

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Noemi 3Do you know who Supply Hope is? You may have seen our videos or visited our website but do you really know who Supply Hope is? Not “what we do” but “who we are”?  Well, I’d love to tell you exactly who we are!

We are primarily women living in Nicaragua struggling with the realities of poverty.  We are trying to provide for our families.  We want to provide our children with a proper education.  We want our families to have hope for the future.

We are Noemi.  Before Noemi joined the Supply Hope team, she was unemployed and struggling to support herself and her son. She had lost hope. She is now operating a Mercado Fresco home-based micro-franchise and everything is different. She is working hard and supporting family.  She is setting goals for the future and saving to make much needed home repairs.

She is happy.

She is on the path out of poverty!

New Beginnings

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January is a month filled with new beginnings. It’s the perfect time to access our lives and make the changes that we need for a better year. Personally, I’ve never been big on making New Year’s resolutions. I simply don’t like that word and all the pressure associated with it! I do, however, enjoy taking a step back and looking at how I am living my life and decide to make a few tweaks going forward – for the better! I do my best to evaluate myself holistically. I think about how I am doing spiritually, physically and relationally. Am I slipping in some of these areas? What do I need to do to get back on track? Usually a few changes can make a huge difference. While going through this process, it is always important for me is to remember…that it isn’t all about me! What I am doing to make a difference in the lives of others? How can I better serve those who need assistance?

Supply Hope is focused on providing a path out of poverty through micro-franchising. Our work in Nicaragua has been amazing. we have been coming along side of families that were earning $2 a day or less and equipping them with the tools they need to operate a micro-franchise. We have seen their income increase to as much as $10 a day. This is huge for these families! Not only are they now able to meet their basic needs but they truly have hope for a better future.

On Friday, February 6, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CST) at the River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle Street, Supply_Hope_RoastingChicago, IL , Supply Hope will be hosting a fun night of improv comedy, delicious food, and an inspiring story of how Supply Hope is changing lives. We would love for you to join us. To buy a ticket, go to http://www.supplyhope.org/event

As you look at the direction that you are taking in 2015, would you consider partnering with Supply Hope as we continue our work in Nicaragua? Your partnership will impact thousands…including you!



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130821_SupplyHope_722The word sacrifice is a little scary isn’t it? It may be easy to sacrifice for those we love, but what about sacrificing for someone we don’t know? Sacrifice is being willing to give up something good for something better.

Since it is the holiday season, there are many opportunities to watch the holiday classics. One of my favorites is “It’s a Wonderful Life”. The main character, George Bailey, sa

crificed everything he wanted for the people around him.  At the end of the movie, he receives the ultimate assurance that his life is best lived putting others interests before his own. It is such a great example of just how valuable the gift of life is, and how one person can have a huge impact on the life of so many others.

Supply Hope has a wonderful giving opportunity that can truly change the life of a family living in poverty in Nicaragua. Basically, it costs $1,000 to give a family the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty by operating their own micro-franchise to earn a steady, reliable income. Using our “Build a Store” link you can build a shopping cart of items that they need to get started – from $30 items to $300 items. It’s fun, and it matters deeply to families who need hope!

So, as we enter this holiday season, let’s take the time to make a difference in the life of someone else.

Season of Hope!

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130819_SupplyHope_057The holiday season can be filled with many different emotions. For some it is a wonderful time filled with parties, gifts, family and friends.  For others  it is a time filled with pain due to loss… loss of a family member, loss of a job, loss of hope for a better future. The pain is real but hope is too. We can never lose hope! When you choose hope, anything is possible.

It has been very exciting for us at Supply Hope to work with our micro-franchise store operators and see them move from hopeless to hopeful. We have stated this many times but we truly believe that one of the greatest needs of the poor is a job. Most people want to be able to provide for themselves and their family. For children to have hope for a better future, they need to see their parents have opportunity.

Although the focus at Supply Hope is providing jobs through micro-franchising, our heart has always been to see children loved and provided for by their own parents or care-givers. Sponsorship programs and aid are wonderful and needed but at some point you hope to see families move from receiving aid to a place of dignity where they are able to provide from themselves and their children have hope. That is our ultimate goal.

So this holiday season give someone hope by giving them a job!

We have a growing waiting list of entrepreneurs in Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the western hemisphere who want to work hard, provide for their families, and earn a steady income. YOU can help them do that by giving them the supplies they need to get started. So, we’ve created a fun, interactive way for you to build a store!

Visit: http://buildastore.squarespace.com/to fill your cart with items needed to start a micro-franchise store, and give someone a chance to break the cycle of poverty in their family.

Giving Tuesday

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Most of us have kicked off the holiday season with our usual shopping Entrepreneuerfrenzy – Black Friday, Cyber Monday and for some…Cyber Week! In the midst of the holiday shopping and the endless search for the perfect gift and best deal let’s not forget Giving Tuesday.

The purpose of Giving Tuesday is to help people focus not just on the cool stuff they can purchase for the holidays but also on how they can give to support organizations addressing some of the greatest needs in the world. This is your chance to slow down and give intentionally. It doesn’t matter how much you give – it simply matters that you give.

Supply Hope is giving people living in poverty the opportunity to earn a reliable income through the operation of a micro-franchise.  Most of the store operators are women who previously earned less than $2 a day and had little to no hope for anything more.  Currently, these ladies are earning $8 a day on average – this is a tremendous increase for these families! The waiting list of women desiring to become store operators is growing and we need your help!

As part of Supply Hope’s year-end giving initiative, you can help us fund a new store in whole or in part. Each new micro-franchise has $1,000 in start-up costs, including items from $30 up to $300.

Please visit: http://buildastore.squarespace.com  to build a store from scratch and provide hope where it’s needed most!

In all things….give thanks!

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130821_SupplyHope_600Thanksgiving week is here! I personally love Thanksgiving. My family has a tradition of keeping a “Blessing Box”. We write on a small piece of paper what we are thankful for and place it in the box throughout the year. On Thanksgiving Day, we pass the box around the table and share our family’s year of blessings in review.

Supply Hope would like to do the same…

• We are thankful for our Nicaraguan staff and their commitment to the Vision…
• We are thankful for our Micro-franchise store operators…
• We are thankful for our founder’s vision and commitment to the work…
• We are thankful for our US staff and volunteers and their heart for the under-resourced…
• We are thankful for the amazing success and growth that Supply Hope has experienced this year…

And…we are thankful for you! All of you and your contributions have allowed us to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of families in Nicaragua!

Be sure to take time this week to give thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Supply Hope Family !

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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130819_SupplyHope_597The holidays are upon us! Thanksgiving is next week and Christmas is just around the corner. I love the spirit that feels that air this time of year- a spirit of thanks and generosity. People seem to have a little extra bounce in their step. However, things can also get a little crazy with our schedules filling up with year-end meetings, parties and special events. Let’s do ourselves a favor this year by slowing down and taking inventory of all the things that we have to be thankful for.

Let’s carve out special time for family and friends.

Enjoy the season.

And most of all, let’s pay it forward.

Pass on the cheer, the love and the hope!


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130816_SupplyHope_160At Supply Hope, we strongly believe that one of the greatest needs of the poor is a way to earn a living. When an individual is able to support themselves and their family it promotes dignity and gives them hope. As we evaluated the employment situation in Nicaragua, we recognized that many people we operating small business in an attempt to earn a living. They had no training but had become entrepreneurs out of necessity and not gifting. As our founder, Beth Meadows, searched for how she could best use her gifts and experience to serve the unemployed or under-employed in Nicaragua she realized that her 25 plus years operating franchises was the answer.

Supply Hope creates opportunities for families living in poverty to earn a steady income through micro-franchises. Micro-franchising applies the basic principles of franchising to provide opportunities for people living in poverty to operate a proven, sustainable business, resulting in a steady income. A micro-franchise is a chain of individually operated small stores that offer customers the same product or service experience at every location. Operating a micro-franchise requires hard work, but it doesn’t require a large financial investment or years of experience. Our store operators receive on-going training and support.

Our mission is to provide a path out of poverty through micro-franchising. Our desire is to see families providing for their children’s need. We currently have over 50 micro-franchises in Managua, Nicaragua. Store operators were earning $2 a day or less and are now earning $8-10 a day!

You can join us in creating micro-franchising opportunities by joining our Hope Can Happen Campaign!

To learn more visit: http://www.supplyhope.org/hope/


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130821_SupplyHope_539Poverty is often defined as not having enough money to meet basic needs including food, clothing and shelter. However, poverty is more, much more than just not having enough money. The World Bank Organization describes poverty in this way:

“Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not having access to school and not knowing how to read. Poverty is not having a job, is fear for the future, living one day at a time. Poverty has many faces, changing from place to place and across time, and has been described in many ways. Most often, poverty is a situation people want to escape. So poverty is a call to action — for the poor and the wealthy alike — a call to change the world so that many more may have enough to eat, adequate shelter, access to education and health, protection from violence, and a voice in what happens in their communities.”

Nicaragua is the poorest Spanish-speaking country in the world and the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Distribution of income in Nicaragua is one of the most unequal on the globe. Over 2 million Nicaraguans live in poverty. Nearly 50% of all Nicaraguans are either unemployed or underemployed and this poverty most severely affects women and children.

Supply Hope is committed to providing a path out of poverty in Nicaragua through micro-franchising. We are taking the basic principles of business and franchising and using them to serve the under-resourced. Franchisees receive on-going training and follow-up to ensure success. Our desire is to see families equipped and able to earn a reliable income allowing them to meet their basic needs while restoring hope and dignity. We want children to see their parents succeed and believe that they have a hope and a future.

Join us today in this effort to truly make a difference in the lives of families in Nicaragua!

To donate visit: www.supplyhope.org/donate/


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130820_SupplyHope_241We all experience challenges and they come in many shapes and sizes. When we are young, we see them in the form of – standing, walking and talking. Later in life, we see them in other forms – grades, trying to fit in, team competition and our job situation. But what makes a challenge good or bad? We believe it’s largely rooted in perspective.

When you look for the way out, the short cut or the negative impact of the challenge – you tend to see challenges as negative obstacles. On the other hand, when you look at them as hurdles that make you jump higher, increase your stamina and experience, and opportunities to learn from failures – that’s when you know that the challenges are making you better.

At Supply Hope, we have encountered our own set of challenges however, we have been blessed to see the results of efforts rewarded, lives changed, and goals exceeded. As you help us meet our challenges and exceed our goals, together we are able to see the possibilities that are ahead of us.