Valle Esperanza Pig Cooperative
It Takes a Village
Five years ago, in the remote community of Jinotega, Nicaragua, 23 single mothers and their families were struggling to survive. Then they had an idea – why not band together and create a farming cooperative? By sharing experience and work, they could raise enough livestock to feed them all! But livestock is expensive. Where would they find the animals to begin?
Enter Bob and Judy. In the summer of 2016, these longtime Esperança champions fulfilled a distant dream for these 23 women by providing them with a set of piglets and the funds to build a seven-pen structure and a storage room. Today they have five sows; one boar; and this spring, their first litter of 17 piglets was born! with four more sows under their care, they will sell the pigs, eat the meat and breed them to create a sustainable economic and nutritional future for their families.
Phase one is complete! But there is more to do before this new business venture is stable. With your help, we can give these women the tools needed to sustain their cooperative for generations to come:
Phase Two: Developing the infrastructure of the hog farm. The women need to improve the living conditions of the pigs and lay concrete in their pens to keep them dry. You can strengthen the economic future for these 23 women through a tax-deductible contribution.
Phase Three: Expansion: Grow to become a pig processing facility and purchase land and materials to build a mill to sell ground pork.
*This campaign was written in memory of Bob, a vanguard of Hope in the spirit of Father Tupper, Esperança’s founder. Bob will be remembered for his generosity across the world.