The Goyena Sewing Company is one of several initiatives of Viviendas Leon, an NGO (non-governmental organization) working in Leon, Nicaragua. Others include a honey bee company, a reforestation project, a family farming project, and a business skills training program.
The design and implementation of development projects based on community engagement and student involvement is the fundamental objective of Viviendas Leon. A core value informing this effort is to respond to the needs of an entire community population; children and families. Through organized, deliberate and conscious community engagement, Viviendas Leon continuously assesses the conditions and commitment to making change in the rural communities of Leon, Nicaragua.
As development objectives are identified and qualified, Viviendas Leon responds with creative solutions based on available resources, skills, talent, and supported by their partnerships, interns and volunteers who help to implement projects that result in permanent change.
Juana with one of her younger children
Juana working from home
JUANA SEWS TO PUT HER CHILDREN THROUGH SECONDARY SCHOOL
Before getting involved with the NGO, Viviendas Leon, Juana was a housewife with four children. Her life partner supported the family working in livestock and agriculture, and the family lived in crowded conditions. Juana enrolled in the Capacity Training and Strengthening program provided by Viviendas Leon. She integrated that training into a new sewing business project that she started in 2012 with the support of Viviendas Leon and has managed for the last 3 years.
Her four children are all in school: Leyner 18 who is in his second year at UNAN in Banking and Finance, sixteen year old Eyner who is in fifth grade, thirteen year old Jeyling in the 9th grade and Lady, who is twelve years of age and in the 8th grade.
Juana says, "I thank god that Viviendas Leon was there to support my effort to get ahead and to improve the economic situation of my home and support the studies of my four children. My life has changed. I am very grateful and hope this project will continue to grow."