"Peaceful Nature" Bringing Women in Action and La Paz farmers together
Peaceful Nature is an important venture between Women in Action and La Paz farmers in order to provide sustainable income to families by processing and marketing natural produce from La Paz for sale by WIA members at community fairs and farmer's markets . Through a government program, we have registered Peaceful Nature as a small business which will have access for sales at the many fairs and markets that are organized around the country.
Over the years, we have carried out several activities that have brought WIA and La Paz farmers together, which have included shared workshops and educational trips, as well as selling the farmer's produce at the WIA store. In this same spirit, Peaceful Nature will look to build on these relationships. In this way, we are not only providing a higher profit to farmers and sustainable income to WIA members, we are further connecting our two projects and also contributing to the popular economy being promoted as a way to offset the effects of U.S. economic sanctions--via the Nica Act.
The program will include La Paz farmer's produce such as basic grains, fruit, vegetables, coffee, moringa, and cocoa, We are currently processing vegetables in order to make hot sauces, fruits to make traditional sweets, moringa to make leaf powder and seed oil, and cocoa to make chocolate candies, chocolate syrup and cocoa butter. Moving forward, we will be raising money in order to hire two part time employees from our WIA and La Paz programs and in order to purchase a semi-industrial grinder to grind moringa leaves, moringa seeds, and cocoa beans. We will also be looking to find funding to build a second solar dehydrator in order to dry herbs, leaves and seeds.
We feel that this will be our most important initiative to provide sustainable income to our friends in Nicaragua!