Our non-profit organization in Costa Rica, Restoring Our Watershed, has taken a big leap forward this year thanks to Matt Rosensteele and Ann Marie Titsworth who have come on board as Executive Director and Director of Operations, respectively. Though Matt and Ann Marie have been with us less than 6 months, they’ve made some remarkable progress.
In early October, ROW launched a new and improved website: ourwatershed.org. The new site has a good overview of our work in the Nandamojo River valley, as well as an interactive version of our monthly publication, The Green Leaflet, in both Spanish and English. Our blog has been integrated into the website to provide timely news about happenings in the region. You can also sign up for our monthly emails for updates about our various projects.
One of ROW’s key goals has been to establish a micro-lending program to stimulate local food production. In August, we gave out our first loan to help several local residents purchase beehives. The new beekeeping operation will provide a sustainable source of income for two families, with the first harvest expected this December. Honey production is an ideal first project as there’s strong local demand for the product, a good profit margin for the borrowers, and a beneficial effect on the environment.
Jaime Zuñiga Leal inspects his new hives.
A second micro-lending initiative is in the works. If all goes well, several area residents will soon begin offering local, humanely produced eggs to area hotels and restaurants. To learn more about our micro-lending program and investing in the future of the Nandamojo, please visit the ROW website or send an email to ROW’s Executive Director, Matt Rosensteele, firstname.lastname@example.org.