SosteNica empowers the people of Nicaragua to achieve healthy lives within vibrant, sustainable communities.
SosteNica accomplishes this mission through relationships among international community members that support (i) micro-credit, (ii) delivery of education programs focused on sustainable agriculture, forestry, and ecosystem restoration, (iii) formation of markets for locally and sustainably produced goods, and (iv) incubation of small and medium enterprises.

What's happening now..

Developing sustainable housing

At long last, Ramon and Ada Sepulveda have a home in Nicaragua. Their's is an experimental sustainable home, designed by SosteNica and paid for by our generous donors. Like so many experiments, it took longer to build, cost more than budgeted, and includes more features than originally anticipated. All in all, they are happy with their new home and SosteNica learned a lot about sustainability, as well as about home construction in general. Today, we are happy to share with you, and all of our supporters, some details of the final product.Read More

What We Do..


SosteNica promotes economic and community development in many regions of Nicaragua through credit, technical assistance, and outreach to low income businesses and small farmers.

We work collaboratively with our partners in Nicaragua, CEPRODEL (Centro de Promoción del Desarrollo Local or Center for the Promotion of Local Development) and FUDEMI (Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Microempresa), to promote economic development through micro-lending. We offer investment and donation opportunities directly to individual and institutional investors in the US. CEPRODEL and FUDEMI oversee the issuance of credit, together with the processing and administration of loans, to Nicaraguan borrowers.

In addition to extending loans to credit worthy, low-income applicants, SosteNica, CEPRODEL, and FUDEMI promote sustainable agriculture by working with farmers and with university extension programs to provide training in subjects such as integrated pest management, soil conservation, reforestation, water conservation and management, watershed protection and other ecologically sustainable practices. In addition, SosteNica advocates for sustainable housing solutions in Nicaragua.

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Our History.


The idea behind SosteNica was conceived in 1989. Its name derives from the Spanish, “Soste,” (taken from “sostenible”, meaning sustainable) and “Nica”, an abbreviation of Nicaragua.


In the late nineties, a number of initiatives emerged which have helped to foster SosteNica’s committment to the promotion of sustainable agriculture and rural development in Nicaragua.

The path to a world without poverty is based in dignity,
environmental stewardship, and strong community values.

Our Investors

Jennifer Neppel

Director of Cash and Investments for Catholic Health Initiatives

George Lindsay

Arts Administrator when he isn’t contra-dancing, sailing or walking his dog


Money is one aspect of our lives.

Rev. Dr. Victor Wilson

Author of Divine Symmetries: The Art of Biblical Rhetoric

Sustainable Development Fund Of Nicaragua.