Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere with almost 48% of its population living on less than $1 per day. A severe lack of jobs and education in rural areas coupled with the inability of smallholder farmers to compete in the global market has created a perpetual cycle of poverty.
Though our story has many roots, it really begins when our Founder, Will Burke, was teaching in Nicaragua. Will was astonished by the amount of fruit laying on the ground and wasting away in a country with so much need. As time passed, he could not shake the images of decaying fruit and poverty.