Cafe Luz y Luna, EstelĂ­, Nicaragua

Luz Verde is a social project creating employment and supporting communities’ own development in Northern Nicaragua powered by three social enterprises: Café Luz y Luna; the International Hostel Luna and the Tourism Office Treehuggers.

The current projects supported by the income generating activities are:

A mobile Library Bus  ("El Libro Volador" ) with interactive programming and the ability to borrow books. This unprecedented access to books encourages and inspires children to be excited about learning, and opens possibilities for their future. Future plans for the Library Bus involve the development of community-let educational workshops focusing on creative artistic projects, health and nutrition, as well as non-violence, peer relationships and domestic abuse.

The Organic Kitchen Garden which supports women with training and provides seeds and equipment for their gardens to encourage success through micro-credit and commercialization. Part enterprise, part social project: the Organic Kitchen Gardens are run by families in and around Esteli providing additional income through the sale of their produce to restaurants in town. Participating families are further supported by the guidance of a technician with experience in organic and bio-intensive growing techniques.

Community-Led Eco Tourism support local families and community efforts to benefit from tourism in the area. The Luz tourism office links travelers with community members who act as guides and provide home-stays for those who would like to learn a bit more about the way of life in rural Nicaragua. Luz Verde supports the families in a variety of ways while allowing the families to maintain autonomy and generate income.

To find out more about Café Luz y Luna's work, visit their website: cafeluzyluna.org