Nicaragua is the largest country of Central America, located between Honduras and Costa Rica and between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. The Pacific region is the most populated and holds natural beauties like Lake Cocibolca (home to Ometepe island) and Lake Managua. The caribbean region is the area closest to the Atlantic ocean, home to 20% of the population with tropical forests and lagoons. Nicaragua's weather has 2 seasons every year: Summer (or dry season), and rainy (or green) season. Summer starts in November and ends in April and rainy season starts in May and ends in October. 39% of Nicaragua's surface is covered by forests, including rainforest reserves and a rich biodiversity of birds and native wildlife, including endangered species like sloths, jaguars, wildcats and wild pigs. Nicaragua's culture is very relaxed, laid back and lively. Nicas (an affectionate short for "nicaraguans") are friendly and welcoming, and are very proud of the country's heritage and traditions. The country's population is 6 million, with roughly 1 million concentrated in the capital city Managua. The remaining cities are much smaller, outside of the capital people usually live in small communities. Nicaragua's civil society is also very active and organized, considered one of the most organized in the Americas. This is mostly in consequence of the Sandinista revolution in the 80's and the support of international non-profit organizations. The national currency is the Nicaraguan Cordoba -although U.S. dollars are widely accepted in the cities.- The local economy relies heavily in agriculture and cattle raising (22% of GDP), some of the crops with highest productivity include: coffee, tobacco, peanuts, bananas and sugar. Small farmers are dedicated to the production of coffee, corn, and beans mostly for local consumption. Agroindustrial activities, such as production of dairy products, processed meat, fish and poultry are also a significant contribution to the economy. Communications, real state, and tourism have grown steadily in recent years and are considered key areas of opportunity for the country's development.
Berna Flores loves nature, and when she started her own business she was inspired by her experiences visiting a family farm every weekend where she became fascinated by the diversity of plants available in Nicaragua. She is now an expert on trees and plants that grow locally. Her motivation was always to replicate the landscapes she had seen in her very own garden, but the lack of a wide space became a challenge. This gave her the idea to start a miniature forest in her home with bonsai trees and exotic plants and she became so passionate about it that it turned into a business: Epifania.
Aymara is from Managua and is the owner of the small business: Madreselva. She and her team develop innovative products with original formulas that are handmade, organic, and environmentally friendly. Their aspiration is to support the local economy, to contribute towards their customer's wellness and health, and at the same time protect the environment. Madreselva is located in a residential area on the southern edge of Managua. They make all of their products on site.