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Sept. 16, 2015 Austin, Tx – Esperanza Market is raising funds to start a social enterprise dedicated to improving the lives of women and children living in impoverished communities in Central America. The online marketplace will work directly with artisans, mostly women, to provide them with regular employment and fair wages. Fair Trade bags made in Nicaragua will be the first items sold. The Esperanza Market will also donate a solar-powered lamp to students in those communities who live in homes without reliable electricity for every purchase.

 

One-fourth of the world’s population lives without reliable electricity. That number is one-third in Nicaragua. Some of the population lives off the electric grid, while others might have access to electricity, but can’t afford to use it. Families without energy rely on burning candles, wood or kerosene for light, which can be expensive, flammable and can cause poor air quality.

 Esperanza Market will distribute solar lights to students in efforts to improve literacy and education by providing students with light to read and do homework once the sun goes down. They will start with Education Plus Nicaragua, a school in the Pantanal barrio outside of Granada. Pantanal started as a refugee camp outside the tourist mecca of Granada. It has 13,000 residents, 8,000 are children. There are no paved roads running water and electricity is very limited. The children of this area are vulnerable for child prostitution, criminal activity and glue sniffing. Education Plus Nicaragua provides free education, nutrition and medical attention to the children of Pantanal.  With the help of its Indiegogo campaign, Esperanza Market is trying to raise enough money for the 200 students to each have a solar-powered light. 

 Each light cost $9 to purchase and distribute. They are purchased from Unite to Light, a non-profit that is devoted to providing solar lights to people around the world who live without electricity on a daily basis. Campaign perks include travel magnets depicting life on the streets in Nicaragua and  handmade bags from Nicaraguan artisans. For more information about the Esperanza Market and its Indiegogo campaign, visit www.esperanzamarket.com.

The Esperanza Market – a new organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Central America

Social in Austin 

August, 2015

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Support a new organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Central America and be entered into a drawing to win an all-inclusive Costa Rican Yoga Retreat at the same time.

 

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The Esperanza Market recently announced its Indiegogo campaign concentrating on raising money to donate 200 solar-powered lights to children in Nicaragua  living without electricity About a third of the population in Nicaragua live without electricity. Some live off the electric grid, while others might have access to electricity, but can’t actually afford to use it. Families without energy rely on burning candles, wood or kerosene for light, which can be expensive, flammable and can cause poor air quality.

 

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Esperanza Market will donate the first 200 solar lights to students at Education Plus Nicaragua in efforts to improve literacy and education by providing students with light to read and do homework once the sun goes down. Education Plus is in the Panatal barrio just outside Granada. The town has no paved roads, running water or electricity. About 70% of students dropout of school before graduating. Not being able to afford school supplies or study at home are the biggest reasons students do not make it through school.

Support Central America’s Esperanza Market Campaign & Win a Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

EyeHeart Travel 

August 31, 2015

Support a new organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Central America and be entered into a drawing to win an all-inclusive Costa Rican Yoga Retreat.

The Esperanza Market recently announced its Indiegogo campaign concentrating on raising money to donate 200 solar-powered lights to children in Nicaraguan living without electricity.

In Central America 7.4 million people live without electricity. Some live off the electric grid, while others might have access to electricity, but can’t actually afford to use it. Families without energy rely on burning candles, wood or kerosene for light, which can be expensive, flammable and can cause poor air quality.

Esperanza Market will donate the first 200 solar lights to students at Education Plus Nicaragua in efforts to improve literacy and education by providing students with light to read and do homework once the sun goes down.

Campaign supporters who donate $9, which equals one solar-powered light, will be entered into a drawing for a three-night all inclusive Costa Rican Yoga Retreat at Ama Tierra. There is no limited to the number of time supporters can enter.

Other campaign perks include travel magnets depicting life on the streets in Nicaragua,  handmade bags from Nicaraguan artisans or one of four great Central American Yoga Retreats from Peace Retreat Costa Rica, InanItah, Ahki Retreat and the Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort.

For more information or to donate please go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-esperanza-market.