2018 was a year of problem-solving and perseverance. Through the hard work of our staff, and the success of the model, we were ableto continue serving parents in poverty, even during Nicaragua’s political crisis.
Last spring, we piloted our new on-the-go micro- franchise, Fresco Express!
A city can only sustain so many home-based stores, and not every parent is able to run a store out of their home.
Our mobile Fresco Express food carts allow us to create jobs for more parents...
...and bring fresh food to high-traffic areas throughout Managua
But when tension between civilians and the government escalated, and violence broke out in the streets, we had to pause our Fresco Express program in order to protect the safety of our partner parents and staff.
Our incredible staff adjusted delivery routes,
negotiated with barricades,
and when public transit was down, team members left their homes at 4 am and walked up to 90 minutes to get to our office and make sure our parents got the products they needed.
As many other nonprofits and businesses closed their doors, we maintained 95% of our operations and our staff and store owners remained safe throughout the crisis.
Olga lost all of the patients in her at-home clinic due to the economic effects of the crisis.
But she found hope through her Mercado Fresco store
When the schools closed, Ana Jacoba was able to use her Mercado Fresco savings to enroll her daughter in a private school so she could continue her education.
And we continued to make time for community through our family fun days!
We provided access to new benefits for our store owners this year including vision testing, breast cancer screenings, and emergency insurance plans.
and we launched a regular series of women’s empowerment workshops, developed with the help of IDB . These provide a space for our moms to share the challenges they face in the machismo Latin American culture and share strategies for overcoming these barriers.
This year we started a team of “Hope Ambassador” volunteers and launched our monthly giving community, “La Chispa” (The Spark).
In October, we moved to one new office so that our kitchen operations were housed under the same roof as our administrative and training efforts.
The new office is safer, has improved communications and most importantly has air conditioning!
Though the tension remains, the violence has subsided and at the end of the year we prepared to relaunch Fresco Express. We had 650 inquiries after our first announcement about the opportunity.
With 350,000 people newly unemployed as a result of the crisis this year and 1.3 million people estimated to be newly on the brink of poverty, we have a big role to play in helping families recover.
Because of the opportunity they found through Supply Hope in 2018....
...Massiel is now able to afford the medicine she needs to care for her epileptic son...
...Jessica is saving to rebuild her home after the tragic loss of her husband...
...19-year-old Silke, who shares a home with 14 of her family members, is earning money to provide a better future for her daughter, Nicolle...
...Mariana Romero is putting food on the table for her two granddaughters after their mother passed away and their father left...
… and Silvia’s daughter, Maria Monserath, is able to attend college.
Thank you for sticking with us through this turbulent year. We are deeply grateful for your support. Hope is on the move in Nicaragua and we couldn’t do it without you.
In 2019, we look forward to scaling our efforts and extending the hope of opportunity to more parents who want to build a better future for their children.