"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 that is being promoted.
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. We have recently designed a website for Naturaleza de La Paz [Peaceful Nature] where we can promote our different products online for sale in Nicaragua.
We are hoping to raise money to hire two part time employees from our WIA and La Paz programs [$1,200 for each employee at $100/month]; to purchase a semi-industrial food dehydrator [$500] in order to dry moringa leaves and herbs; and to purchase a used cargo truck [$12,000].
We feel that this will be our most important initiative to provide sustainable income to our friends in Nicaragua!