The “Season of Death”… How do you Survive?
They call it the “season of death.”
Trinidad and Pablo struggle to survive, and to keep their family alive. Three generations live together in the so-called “Dry Zone” in a humble little house on a hill next to the field they farm. A river runs nearby — but getting water up the hill to
irrigate their crops is painfully difficult and time-consuming.
Trinidad does not despair. She keeps hoping, praying, dreaming. She knows that if she can fulfill her dream of starting a small bakery, she can sell enough bread to keep her family alive, strong and healthy, even through the season of death.
But even the meager startup costs — for a simple blender, kitchenware, baking sheets, the first round of ingredients, and materials for building a clay oven — are far beyond the reach of this impoverished family.
And yet, today — her dream has come true. Thanks to you.
Your support of Esperança enabled us to provide a tiny loan — just $200 — to Trinidad.
She bought what she needed. Esperança taught the family how to build and maintain the oven for themselves.
Trinidad launched her bakery — fed her family — turned a profit — paid back the loan — and began expanding her business.
Instead of giving Trinidad and her hungry family bread, you gave them a bakery! It’s another example of how your support of Esperança doesn’t just give hope in the immediate. It teaches people to fish – by providing sustainable, long-term solutions that will last for generations.
To make sure that gift lasts, Esperança also installed a solar-powered irrigation system to bring water up from the river to irrigate the family’s crops all year round, even in the
“season of death.”
A traditional gasoline-powered pump would cost $270 a month in fuel. Trinidad’s family could never keep it going. But this pump uses a free, abundantly available resource — sunlight — to access a costly and utterly indispensable resource: water.
It’s an expensive apparatus, though — with not just a pump but also a tank, tubing, an essential control box to regulate the solar power — so we ask a family to contribute 5% of the cost up front, or $250. That’s a huge amount of money in this region — but Trinidad was able to pay it, out of her bakery profits!
She contributed more toward the solar pump than the entire amount of our loan to her!
And what happened to that original $200 after she paid it back to us?
We lent it out again … to another impoverished family, elsewhere in Nicaragua.
A caring friend like you originally donated those funds — and that gift will never die. Never fade. Never stop working.
It will continue bringing new hope, new life, to families in need … forever.
I bring you Trinidad’s heartwarming story to express my gratitude … to give you an opportunity to celebrate with us, and w
ith her … but also to inspire you to give again.
Your generosity today can help us offer another micro-loan to a hardworking, hopeful person like Trinidad. You can help a family survive the “season of death” — and more than just survive … thrive.
And that loan will live on. It will be paid back, and then it will become light and joy to yet another family, and then another after that.
Please let me hear from you quickly. Be as generous as possible. Let your heartfelt compassion be expressed in a powerful, practical way … reaching into a place of death and despair, and bringing life and hope.
P.S. I wouldn’t ask you to give someone a “handout.” But I would definitely ask you to give someone a “hand up.” It was the generosity of a friend like you that let Trinidad catch the break she needed.
One small, temporary offering was all it took, and she was on her way! Her life, and the lives of her children and grandchildren, will never be the same again. The suffering — the hunger, the fear, the despair — all gone now. Thanks to a friend like you.
Please share your love with another family today. Thank you again!