The Phoenix Projects provide local regular employment for over 60 people. Sustainable employment is critical. On top of this we have recently started Plan Negocio (business) by providing seed capital to families and our graduating students for them to invest in their own business ideas; similar to micro-loans though with the money being paid back into the running costs of the schools and also a fund to provide further seed capital in the future. This was started in 2014 in Guatemala and Honduras and in 2015 in Nicaragua . It will be started in Perú in 2016.
15 families benefit from Plan Negocio as of December 2016 meaning their children’s secondary school, college and university costs can be sustainably covered in the future. We aim to increase this to 50 families during 2017 and 2018.
Plan Corte was started in 2015, buying a large weaving loom for "cortes" (the indigenous traditional dresses) and investing in training for the women. The cortes will be sold locally.
Each loom and training costs £1,300 ($ 2,000)
Plan Ciber was started in 2015 with the investment in five computers and internet. Students receive a discount for educational use which means they don't have to travel to Estelí for internet and printing work.
Investment in Plan Restaurante in 2015 offers fresh food and fruit drinks as part of Plan Ciber.
Plan Estufa - started in 2014 - The purchase of an industrial stove to start a cooked-food business.
Each stove costs £100 ($ 150)
Plan Nixtamal - started in 2014 - tortilla business.
Each machine costs £1,300 ($ 2,000)