The Earth Education Project (EEP) was set up in Nicaragua in 2009, by myself, Andrea Paltzer, to provide women living in impoverished and isolated communities with the education and training they need to break the cycle of poverty their families faced. In the last 5 years EEP has designed and implemented a set of educational programmes for women. These programmes are based around an income opportunity, given in the form of scholarships. EEP runs a recycling workshop where we provide women with an income in order for them to learn an artisan skill and attend compulsory education and social programmes. The scholarships act as an incentive to join the EEP programme. Our compulsory education programme gives women the skills they need to integrate into Nicaraguan society and find a stable job. We have a waiting list of four times our current capacity of women who would like to join the training programme. 95% of the women who successfully complete the EEP programme have a full time job or were able to start their own business. The artisan products the women learn to make – stationary and jewellery from recycled materials - are sold by EEP on-line, through distributors and at fairs under our own label ‘Chureca Chic’. The revenue helps to part-fund our programmes. Our aim is to become self - funding thorugh the sales of these products. The next step for us is to further connect the Chureca Chic label to international markets and establish partnerships with retailers and increase our customer base.