Finca Santa Marta Inc

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Finca Santa Marta Inc

Santa Marta, Nicaragua
Year Founded:
2013
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Finca Santa Marta is a sustainable organic fruit, vegetable, herb & bee farm. Our goal is to empower the people of Nicaragua to sustain themselves monetarily & provide them with foods, education, & the resources to live a life of health & prosperity.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if people knew how to grow their own food sustainably, and had the resources and education to do so?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

After years of civil turmoil, Nicaragua remains the largest, poorest country in North America. Main issues and problems involve the following sectors: poverty, lack of education & illiteracy, socio-economic discrimination

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We are the solution - FSM! With our extensive, holistic, and integrative programming, we make this Nicaraguan community thrive and continue to tweak our successful business model to be translated globally. It doesn't take much, but with our skills and expertise, we will continue to support and foster a healthy community through sustainable agriculture and food education, tackle illiteracy, promote experiential learning on the farm, and develop an ecotourism model/infrastructure. We educate the local community Employ locals Give back and contribute to the local economy Provide food and resources Maintain and grow a sustainable enterprise
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Nicaragua remains the largest, poorest country in the region. They lack resources, interest and support, though the people are rich in spirit.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

FSM saw and filled the need for additional programming in the Santa Marta area of Nicaragua. We have a huge impact locally, creating a sustainable farm that gives back to the locals by providing employment, supplying food, educating locals and creating partnerships with other local businesses, enhancing the community and livelihood of countless many. Finca Santa Marta Inc is a safe place, where individuals may come and learn, and feed their soul, finding hope and reassurance through nature and the natural gifts their country has to offer. Additionally, we campaign in the US to raise awareness and get people to think globally, educating and spreading our message. We utilize interns that are seeking to gain a bit more out of life, and want to make a difference, spreading the message further, through hands-on experiences.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Sustainability is our middle name. Many individuals in our organization have strong backgrounds in the areas of global tourism, natural resources, agriculture, sustainable design and more. We pride ourselves on staying abreast of the latest and greatest. We know that sustainability is not a definite, but a degree, making every effort possible to mitigate our impact and footprint, give back to the community that fosters our growth, and protect.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Our program is integrative and hands-on - grassroots - so we can make the most concentrated impact possible. Globally, there are few similar endeavors; our model is unique and holistic, exclusive to FSM. Unfortunately, not many entities are tackling this problem, although the solutions exist. FSM combines sustainability with agriculture and progressive farmacology techniques, education, local economics, and tourism, creating a holistic organization that effects a variety of important sectors in the immediate area.
Team

Founding Story

Three years ago, I was working as a surf guide in Nicaragua and became very close to the locals of Santa Marta and the Garcia family in particular. I was amazed at the beautiful life that they lived and how happiness was not related to material items, as it is often the case in western culture. I learned from them a simpler, more humble way of living; I also learned how to speak Spanish from hours and hours of just listening. I knew that there was something magical about this area of Nicaragua and I decided I would always continue to visit them and help out however I could. While staying with the Garcia’s on another trip, I determined how I was going to help the family: I would raise money to help them begin a farm on the land they owned
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