In the heart of Central America lies Nicaragua, the geography of crater lakes and towering volcanoes; a culture of revolutionary heroes and warrior poets; a country that captivates the soul in its difficult and beautiful contradictions.
A bit of our history
In 2009, we met a group of XtraOrdinary Women living in La Chureca, Central America's largest landfill and home to 2.000 of the nation's poorest citizens. These women had few opportunities to move off the mound of trash they call home.
We decided to create a programme to train them with the skills they need to get a job and we took it upon ourselves to make the connections to employment opportunities. The rest is up to them.
In 2014 we won our first national award for social impact and innovation. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 we continued to be recognized and awarded for our model.
Today, we serve 6 districts of the capital city, Managua and also work in the central and Atlantic regions, Masaya and Bilwi. This year, 2020 we aim to support 320 women with cost-free training courses. Our courses include a stipend to assure assistance, and a series of milestone commitments to maintain enrolment.
Who do we empower?
Women living in cycles of extreme poverty and domestic violence in marginalized communities in Nicaragua, between 18 and 35 years of age.
We empower women with job training programs, entrepreneurship boot camps, and job placement. Focusing on soft skills and psychosocial support giving them the tools to break the cycle of extreme poverty and violence, one woman at a time.
Once they graduate, they receive, according to the program, follow-up between 3 to 6 months with periodic visits in their homes with a psychologist and with their families. 600 hours of support in the search of employment and their resumes in our digital platform of XtraOrdinary Talent.
Our programmes focus on developing much needed soft-skills such as:
CV building interview practice
Entrepreneurship & innovation
10 years empowering women.
In 2019 we have empowered 150 women.
More than 1,000 lives positively changed.
2019 in a nutshell
We assist women on a journey of empowerment to flip their odds
Armed with the tools and skillset they need, it is them that then break the cycle of extreme poverty and domestic violence, in exchange for a brighter, happier, self-sustainable future.