Because we can capitalize on profits from tourism, we have decided to enact a social enterprise and solidarity economy model rather than a traditional non-profit. Like this, we do not depend upon donations and can create long term sustainable projects with the local community. 10% of all profits generated through the project go toward these causes. In other words, by spending your next holiday with us, you are having a positive impact on Nicaragua`s local communities and the environment.
1. Educational projects: We believe that education is the foundation for success. As mentioned earlier, the lodge also serves as an educational center. We offer free lessons to locals to teach them how to read, write, speak English, adopt healthy habits, etc.
Even though the lodge was not officially open at that time, in 2018 we launched a project to provide free material and English classes to the local community.
2. Housing: A lot of people cannot afford conventional housing, so they build themselves an unsafe, makeshift shelter. We believe everybody has the right to proper housing, so we teach everybody, who wishes to learn, how to build their own house with natural and recycled materials. We also strive to support the local community by lending them the tools they need, along with guided expertise throughout construction.
3.Employment/Microloans: Unemployment is a major issue in Nicaragua. We are already helping by providing jobs and opportunities to locals. Still, we cannot hire everybody and the job opportunities are often missing or inadequate for disabled people, single mothers or seniors. We believe that providing safe and interest-free capital, as well as support to those who wish to start their own business, can help locals to create better lives for themselves and their families. So, we wish to use a part of our profits to give microloans to local entrepreneurs and support them throughout the process of developing their own business.
4. Conservation and Sustainability: In 2019 we developed a partnership with Sos Nicaragua, an association committed to improve Nicaragua's management of natural resources through environmental education programs and conservation projects like mangrove and sea turtles. We are now supporting their organization by hosting them in our infrastructures and with their work and the cooperation of Surfing Turtle Lodge we were able to launch Los Brasiles Conservation Project. Visit http://sosnicaragua.org for more details.
Developing projects requires time, expertise and money. In the long run, we wish to develop more partnerships to have an even greater impact. Please let us know if you can help us in any way!