As many of you may already know, Sweet Water has a non-profit store in the center of Gigante where all proceeds go back into our community projects. This was our idea of a sustainable way to keep funding flowing. Since part of our mission is to re-introduce a pre-war artisan culture back to this area and inspire the folks to get creative, we have begun to experiment with our own crafts before we begin teaching.
The eventual idea is to help facilitate a women’s cooperative in which the ladies of town can learn a craft (ie. Jewelry making, pottery, sewing) and make good quality, attractive pieces for travelers to take home. The ladies make a bit of money for their families, have a sense of pride and a skill and travelers have a piece of home made Nicaragua. A win win!
Our store itself is very DIY and features home made clothes racks from local tree limbs and our very own designed furniture and recycled pieces. It’s our way of displaying our resourcefulness and to show locals that you don’t always need cold hard cash to make your surroundings beautiful.
Check out the store and what we’ve got inside!
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Thank YOU to our awesome Donors for the BALL FIELD!
Yosi Ohayon - New York, NY
Pauline Mefford - Phoenix, AZ
Richard Cowen - Martha's Vineyard, MA
Mike Kramer - New York, NY
Denise Dozah - Casper, WY
Lynne Maher - Aqua, Nicaragua
Bootsie Boddington - Crested Butte, CO
Lindsey Sherman - Iguana, Nicaragua
Mark & Angela Kirwin of Kirfaid.org
Jim Norton - Chesapeake, VA
Sweet·wa·ter [sweet-waw-ter,] –nounIn Latin American coastal towns, known as agua dulce, Sweet water is a local term for fresh water. Fresh water tastes "sweet" compared to salt water. It's rivers are usually the life blood of Latin communities, in which most are built off its fertile banks. Sweet water is the basis for vegetation, growth and life. The Sweet water effect is a representation of movement toward satisfying a hunger of knowledge and good health, an inspirational, positive growth in community, and an improved life for everyone.
Board of Directors
KASSIDY MEFFORD - Photographer, writer, Owner/Operator of Dale Dagger Surf tours Nicaragua, and Sweetwater Founder
PEGGY LOVE - Founder of Full Circle International Relocations Inc., President/ Education Services of Dwellwork, LLC and incredible motivating contributor
DEBRA MEFFORD - Dental Hygienist, Emergency medical technician, beautiful philanthropist and land owner in Nicaragua
DONA KOPOL BONICK - Photographer, gardener, fabulous creator and doer of all things possible
JOHN BONICK - Photographer, painter, and poet with a grand appreciation for fine Nicaraguan cigars
RYAN MAHER - Accomplished freelance painter, eccentric artist, inspirational teacher and storyteller
LYNNE MAHER - Registered Nurse and volunteer with MINSA, devoted scuba diver, traveler and Nicaragua resident with infectious good spirit