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UK Nicaragua Embassy teams up with Social Business Network

The UK Embassador meets with the Juan Francisco Paz Silva board of directors, representatives of organized groups of rural women, and SBN in October 2013.

The UK Embassador meets with the Juan Francisco Paz Silva board of directors, representatives of organized groups of rural women, and SBN in October 2013.

Social Business Network is thrilled to have the support of the UK Nicaraguan Embassy, who recently awarded us a grant to deepen the impact of the Recognition of the Unpaid Work of Women in agricultural cooperatives.  The grant will be used to pilot the next phase of development in the women’s empowerment initiative with the Juan Francisco Paz Silva Cooperative, focussing on cultural and entrepreneurial education for women.  The initiative began three years ago and the ongoing funding, generated entirely through incorporating the unpaid work contribution of rural women into the costs of the cooperatively produced sesame oil and coffee, has largely been invested in savings incentives and technical assistance so that rural women have access and support to participate more fully in the local economy.  The support of the UK Embassy provides the cooperative with the means to push the initiative forward in its development, providing a core educational course in cooperativism, entrepreneurship and gender equality; additional skills-based workshops; marketing support; and the creation of a mural in the center of town recognizing the unpaid contribution that women make to community and family well-being.  This initiative has already become a model for other agricultural cooperatives, who adapt the principles to their own communities and contexts.  We are excited to see this initiative move forward and know that many other communities will also benefit from seeing the results of the additional support of the UK Embassy.  You can follow the Juan Francisco Paz Silva Cooperative’s achievements and other great initiatives in Nicaragua on the UK Embassy in Nicaragua’s facebook page.  Adelante!

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