Learn the art of high quality paper beading and make your own pieces of jewelry while having a conversation about how this social enterprise designs, creates and commercializes handcrafts to raise funds for girls’ education and scholarships in Granada, Nicaragua. This is a creative experience that allows you to meet local people who are doing great things for their own community. 100% of the profits generated through this experience are re-invested into more opportunities for UPNicaragua girls.
"Our work empowers Nicaraguan girls!"
- Up Nicaragua
About Up Nicaragua
Xiomara is UP Nicaragua's founder and a social entrepreneur, she has been living in Granada for the last 10 years where she co-founded The Garden Café and the Thousand Cranes shop, both businesses generate 30 full-time direct employments & work to promote positive community impact as well as tourism industry sustainability.
In 2011 Xiomara had a revealing experience in her restaurant, which made her aware of the vulnerability girls face in Nicaragua, especially in tourist destinations. This experience pushed her to reach out to other members of the community and businesses, since then she has been contributing to the protection and empowerment of girls through education.
In 2015, Xiomara founded Unleash Potential Nicaragua, a non-profit social enterprise with the mission to educate, empower and inspire low-income Nicaraguan girls and with the vision that UPNicaragua girls become conscious, educated and dynamic women with bright futures who want to and are able to contribute to the development of Nicaraguan society.
UP Nicaragua crafts handmade goods with a small team of artisans who are committed to the mission and vision of this program. Through the sales of products in 15 stores across the country they are able to raise awareness and generate 75% of its financial needs.
UPNicaragua is a non-profit social enterprise focused on the empowerment of young girls in Granada, Nicaragua. It was founded in 2015 with the goal to create education and mentorship opportunities for low-income girls living in the tourist-booming city of Granada.
They work with low-income girls who are talented and have leadership potential but lack access to resources and role models in their communities.
Their product fashion line includes paper bead jewelry, leather bracelets, traditional textile bags and hand-painted goods and maracas.