In 2017 WisdomWomen hosted a ‘Sacred Earth Activism’ Visionary Gathering in Costa Rica, where we met with a leader of an indigenous community from Matagalpa, Nicaragua. We are now collaborating with this community and hold a mutual intention to unite together as stewards of Mother Earth. The Indigenous Collaboration project is one of WisdomWomen’s Collaboratory initiatives – elevating women leaders to actualize innovative social models.
NICARAGUA VISIONARY GATHERING
From May 26 – June 1 WisdomWomen is hosting a Visionary Gathering called ‘An Exploration of Healing & Reunion’ in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. In this gathering women are invited to join the indigenous women of Matagalpa in re-uniting as sisters, healers, and stewards of Mother Earth, to reconnect, heal, and vision a new world.
In this Step Into the Circle podcast, Eva Iglesias, steward of the Indigenous Collaboration Project shares the inspiration that drew her to this initiative, as well as a fascinating co-creative process in bringing it to life.
COLLABORATION & FUNDING
This initiative is an opportunity to build relationship with an indigenous Nicaraguan community – some who will be interacting with Westerners for the first time in their lives. There are tangible ways that we are exploring collaboration that will support them in obtaining financial sovereignty, collective empowerment and applying their wisdom to live abundantly in ways that are interdependent with Mother Earth.
Areas where our help can make a huge difference for this community:
1) Support the construction of their community kitchen – the first and only community area, where they will gather, cook and feed their families. We need to raise $625 to finish the construction and $1,200 to purchase and install solar panels for sustainable energy.
2) Support the women’s coffee cooperative D’Yasica. For this initiative we have already provided some sales and marketing assistance. We are looking to raise funds for legal and administrative fees and packaging materials to export and sell coffee in the US market, where margins are significantly higher.
3) Supporting WisdomWomen stewards in traveling and collaborating with this indigenous community. For our trip to Nicaragua, we are planning on delivering several boxes of clothing for the 137 children and a substantial amount of first aid supplies. We will meet with the local mayor and activists to identify new areas for support and long-term collaboration.
Through meeting in Nicaragua, we will determine the best ways to move forward in our collaborations. If this initiative inspires you, we are calling on your support to serve this community in a meaningful way.
ABOUT D’YASICA COFFEE COLLECTIVE
Cafe D’Yasica grows naturally in the shade under the tree canopy at 3,300 ft., high in the mountains of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. It is a labor of love of a community of 24 indigenous women that plant, harvest, process, and sell their own coffee collectively with the dream of becoming economically independent.
When you purchase a package of Cafe D’Yasica, you become part of the dream of creating a world where all humans and the planet thrive. When you taste this deliciously smooth coffee, you can feel the love, perseverance, and determination of a community that, against all odds, has committed to a better future for themselves and their children.