Bold Brigadistas in Los Robles:

How a group of devoted individuals shaped their community—together


An introduction:

Los Robles is home to not only some the finest coffee in Nicaragua, but also, some of the most beautiful people in the world. The sense of community that John Thompson saw when he first road tripped through the Nicaraguan countryside is embodied by the families here. Led by the drive and generosity of a handful of committed brigadistas, Los Robles has been able to grow and thrive in a way that John, himself, couldn’t have possibly imagined, all those years ago.

Meet Nerys, the head brigadista in Los Robles

Meet the brigadistas:

It is important to note that the brigadistas emerged independently of John Thompson’s brainchild­ — Comunidad Connect. In Los Robles, the brigadistas came together to assuage an overburderened public health system. The lack of infrastructure in Nicaragua created a void that the brigadistas filled years before any Americans intervened in Los Robles.

A brand new stove: the product of hard work, a little bit of sweat & community.

Where we come in:

In our short stay here, we were able to work hand-in-hand with four local families, installing cement floors and sustainable ovens. In just one day, we were able to provide manual assistance that will truly change the lives of these people. But, it’s bigger than that, even — the entire brigadista model revolves around reciprocity. Los Robles is not a charity, and these families have volunteered countless hours to earn their share of the return.

What can you do?

In Los Robles, community is a way of life. Help us keep it that way. A dollar to them goes farther than we could possibly articulate.

Donate here: https://momentum.emory.edu/project/2029/wall