Vida Plena

What We Do

Micro-finance

At Vida Plena, we offer women from the communities of El Hoyo and Monte Verde micro-loans and micro-leasing as a way for them to start a small business of their own.  In these communities, a woman is far less likely to receive a loan from a bank than a man in the same economic situation.  It is a very difficult process for them and most simply don’t qualify for a bank loan.  Microleasing is a legal contractual agreement between Vida Plena and a recipient who is allowed to use an asset (such as a sewing machine, oven, air compressor, etc.) in exchange for specified periodic payments, by the end of which the recipient owns the asset.  Micro-loans are small sums of money lent at low interest to a recipient for the specificpurpose of starting a new business.  The Chalmers Center graciously allowed us to use their proven Christ-centered business training curriculum which has been modified specifically for Latin America.  The Chalmers Center is a world leader in educating and equipping churches and missions organizations to walk alongside people who are poor, breaking the spiritual, social, and material bonds of poverty.  Check out this 2 minute video HERE from the Chalmer’s center for a radical re-education in what poverty is!

Artisan Trade Skills

We host artisan trade training courses that are open to the community.  Our goal with these events are to take the opportunity to invest just a couple days into the lives of the people who come to the trainings, provide a skill that can be utilized with very little to no capital expenses and run out of a home, and to train-up the next group who we get to employ !  We’ve done training in jewelry manufacturing already (thanks to Luke and Whitney Wright of MudLOVE), and plan on hosting another half week training course in soap and bath/beauty products soon!  We select the training courses based on the unique and ever-changing, tourist driven local economy.

Dignified employment

Vida Plena is a safe place where the women from the villages of Monte Verde and El Hoyo have the opportunity to earn a living wage while working in a Christ centered environment.