Scholarship Student from Nindirí Becomes a Leader in his Community

Jorge Luis Hernández López is a driven young adult from the community of El Portillo, Nindirí. From a family of little means, his mother (and the sole provider for her family), worked hard as a housekeeper to keep her two children in school. When Bridges partnered with their community in 2011, Jorge Luis became part […]

Blanca Expands Fast Food Business with Community Fund Loan

Blanca Liliam Cruz Zeas lives with her husband and two children in El Mojón, Jinotega, Nicaragua. Blanca is exceptionally hard-working and has always recognized the importance of earning her own money. A few years ago, Blanca opened a small business making and selling different types of fast foods like potato and plantain chips, enchiladas, nacatamales, […]

Micro-Loan Funds Computer Class for Jinotega Community Leaders

Community leaders from Sasle and El Mojón (Jinotega, Nicaragua) worked together to organize and fund a computer class for their local credit committees. The Sasle community fund loaned $1,222USD, and the El Mojón loaned $1,375USD for this 6-month computer class, which provides an official “Microcomputer Operator” certificate upon completion. 14 community leaders in total, 7 […]

Can you feed your family on $4 a day?

Can you feed your family on $4 per day? $4 a day is what Dona Carmen’s family of three lived on for many years. That all changed after she moved into her new Bridges home. This safe, secure, and clean space gave her the confidence to start a family business, nearly doubling her monthly income […]

Bridges Home Improves Living Conditions and Provides Economic Opportunity  

Doña Modesta del Carmen Ocampo Ñurinda, her husband José Ángel Suazo García and their two sons, Jimmy, 24, Francisco, 22, and daughter-in-law Isamara Ortiz were one of the first families in the community of Comején 1, Masaya, Nicaragua to receive a new Bridges home in January 2017. At the time, Doña Modesta’s family was living […]

Bridges Trips Have Significant Impact on Father and Son Team, Jonathan and Sam Sharf

Jonathan and his son, Sam Sharf, 18, have been on two Bridges service trips together. In 2018, they went to Nicaragua and, in 2019, traveled with us to the Dominican Republic. Jon had an incredible experience. He says, “I wish I had gone on a Bridges trip earlier in my life; I really enjoyed it. […]

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Aracely’s Family Finally Has Home of their Own

Aracely del Socorro Méndez and her husband Luis Noel Siles live in the community of El Mojón, Jinotega, Nicaragua Aracely’s sister, Lucia, 17, and two children, Bryan, 12, and Luis Noel, 6 months. Both Aracely and her husband grew up on El Mojón and have lived there their whole lives. Aracely stays at home with […]

Bridges Improves Sanitation in Caimonial, DR

When Bridges first began working with the community members of Caimonial, the Dominican Republic, the majority of homes were in poor condition and there were few formal bathrooms. Most families in this region are subsistence farmers, meaning that they survive on what they can grow and if they are lucky, the little extra they can […]

Volunteer Sees the Impact of Bridges Trip on Her Daughters

Rizzel Cornachio is a first-time Bridges volunteer who traveled to the Dominican Republic with her two daughters, Alexis and Camille, in April 2019. Alexis traveled to the DR with Bridges in 2016; she wanted to go again and Rizzel decided to go with her this time. Rizzel says, “Alexis was so affected by the experience […]

Don Bosco’s Community Fund Loan Doubles Crop

Most Bridges projects in Nicaragua require beneficiary families to make some level of payment into a community fund. These funds allow communities to continue the essential work jump-started by Bridges in perpetuity. Bridges works to assemble a credit committee who are trained to manage the community account. This includes organizing a payment schedule with beneficiary […]