Caleb and Johanna Mercardo, owners of Salon Caleb, are a dynamic duo with big dreams for their business. On a typical Saturday, they provide haircuts, manicures and pedicures to over 40 customers.Caleb and Johanna are active participants in our Business Academy. We have coached them closely to help them achieve their dreams. The renovation of
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Many small businesses in Nicaragua operate in isolation, unaware of how other enterprises in the community function. To fill the communication gap, the Bless Back Business Academy created a business association platform for our business clients. All our clients are encouraged to join and participate in monthly association meetings. A typical monthly meeting consists of
Nine months after the launch of the Bless Back Business Academy, a Business Academy Fund was created to help finance the growth of participating business clients in Nicaragua. Most of the businesses are too small to receive bank loans; their only option is to use private lenders (loan sharks) who provide short term loans with
4th Annual Bless Back Worldwide Chili Cook-off Come join us and enter your best chili in the competition or just to enjoy unlimited chili samples. Then cast your vote to crown a winner in categories like “Best Overall”, “Tongue Burner” and “Most Creative”. The winner’s will receive a cash prize!! Enjoy live music, raffles
Dear Friends, On one of my first trips to Haiti, my team was offering a relief clinic in a remote area in the mountains. Dust, exhaust and smoke filled my nose and mouth as our bus jolted along the “road” to our destination. We arrived at a complex of dilapidated cinderblock buildings and my eyes
By Dr. Mike Fruscione | October 22, 2018I just got back from our Haiti medical mission trip and am so grateful to Spaugh Dameron Tenny and Bless Back Worldwide for this amazing opportunity. I cannot rave enough about every aspect of the trip- from the wonderful patients we met, to the care we provided and the culture we experienced.Bless
The latest update in Haiti and NicaraguaAs many of you know, our summer trips this year were complicated by unrest in Haiti and Nicaragua. Because Bless Back focuses on empowering local leaders, these interruptions to our trip schedule did not affect the important work that’s happening on the ground at both sites. Bless Back and
By Kaylah Holland, BBW VolunteerI never thought Haiti would be “my thing”. My teenage cousin found Bless Back through a friend and wanted to serve with them in Haiti. However; she needed a guardian and according to her, I am cooler than her mom. We pulled in my nephew and on July 14, 2017 the
In what started on April 18 as protests against proposed social security changes, Nicaragua has since become a country embroiled in a battle for political reforms and human rights. Nicaragua was until recently one of the safest countries in Latin America, but now families are afraid to leave their homes after dark. Barricades set up
Memories are made through shared experiences, and there are no sweeter moments than those spent in service. Many of our Bless Back families have made our trips a new tradition with grandmothers, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters each finding a spot to use their unique gifts and talents. The beauty of our work in Haiti