Our representative in Nicaragua, Rachel, was delighted to have the opportunity to visit the Nicaragua Country Winner for the best business, Esther del Río Las Marías, and present them with their certificate this week.
The Esther del Río Las Marías school is a secondary school with 148 students in the small town of Santa Teresa in central Nicaragua run by Dianova Foundation. Staff and students collaborated to set up a handicrafts business offering products such as party decorations, hair accessories, jewellery, baskets and woven products. They use recycled materials wherever possible and managed to sell around $300 worth of products.
The prize was presented on the day of the school’s 15th anniversary, so Teach A Man To Fish was privileged to participate in a morning of dances, songs, poems and speeches about the school. After presenting the prize to the winning group we got to see the range of beautiful products created and meet the staff and students involved.
Cecilia Somarriba, a member of the microenterprise team, said that the “Tienda Detalles” handicrafts business has helped to promote entrepreneurship among children, teenagers and young people, providing valuable skills and experience as well as the chance for creativity and artistic expression.
“Undertaking this project allows us to learn leadership skills and develop a small business that will contribute towards our income. Creating a handicrafts shop is important in Nicaragua because it generates money and also prepares us as students concerned for our future and the common good”, said Cecilia.
Jacinto Morales, Director of the Las Marías School, explained that by creating the business students were not only able to participate in producing and selling the products, but that they also provided information about recycling to all their customers. He said that the students see the business as a source of employment and eventually financial support for their university studies after school.
The Esther del Río Las Marías school is also working to set up a range of agricultural businesses and offer a technical agricultural qualification to their students, and you can read more about their progress at here.
We would like to congratulate everyone at Dianova and the Esther del Río Las Marías school and wish them all the very best for continuing to promote entrepreneurship among their students and setting up even more school enterprises!