We are very excited to welcome you to Nika Collective. We are a group of friends, adventurers, surfers, travelers, and like-minded people working together to better the lives with and for our friends in Nicaragua. We have fallen in love with Nicaragua's people, communities, and sincere way of life, but are deeply saddened by the extreme levels of injustice and poverty, and the incredibly high rate of neglected and abandoned children. We believe that everyone can make a difference and when we pool our talents and visions together, big things can happen. By collectively working together, we hope that through our efforts, the grounds we have trotted on and the lives we have touched along the way on will one day be better as a result.
Nika Collective was birthed out of this desire to make a difference. Kori Rider started it back in 2011 as a small project to bring income streams into the community of Nueva Vida, Nicaragua. Kori had been traveling, studying, and living all over Latin America, but when she started investing time in Nicaragua, she decided to plant roots in a small village outside of Managua with hopes to make an impact. She partnered with the local Nicaraguans in the community she served and asked what the biggest needs were. The constant feedback was that the women needed empowering and the best way to do that would be through creating jobs. Single moms with little opportunity were having a very difficult time providing for their children and child abandonment was always a threat.
As a result, Nika Collective was formed and started hiring the most vulnerable women in the community to employ, educate, and empower. The women learn how to make handmade products that are sold in the United States and other Central American countries. The majority of the women working with Nika are single moms who have multiple kids and live on less than a dollar a day. The intimate work environment gives us a chance to develop friendships, create community, and teach important lessons that change lives. With the proceeds of our sales, we invest in micro-business loans and help with various needs throughout the community.
The word Nika is short for Nicaragua. In Greek, it also means to conquer or to be victorious. Our dream is to see women, men, families, and communities transformed by conquering the inequalities of poverty.