Who we are

A little bit of our history

In the heart of Central America lies Nicaragua, a geography of crater lakes and towering volcanoes; a culture of revolutionary heroes and warrior poets; a country that captivates the soul in its difficult and beautiful contradictions.

In 2009, we met a group of XtraOrdinary Women living in La Chureca, Central America’s largest landfill and home to 2.000 of the nation’s poorest citizens. These women had few opportunities to move off the mound of trash they call home.

We decided to create a programme to train them with the skills they need to get a job and we took it upon ourselves to make the connections to employment opportunities. The rest is up to them.

In 2014 we won our first national award for social impact and innovation. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 we continued to be recognized and awarded for our model.

Today, we serve 4 districts of the capital city. This year, 2019, we aim to support 320 women with cost-free skill training courses.




Carmen Romero Von Banga
Chair of the board 2017

Carmen’s impressive career spans 18 years of creating impact, CSR strategies, skilled education/apprenticeships and job creation for youth living in disadvantaged areas, as well as forming social innovative projects in developing countries. For the past 3 years she has worked with ASHOKA mentoring women entrepreneurs. She is also a published author, writer and conference speaker. Carmen believes that each individual is a natural born leader, and lives by the saying: “It doesn’t matter how many times we fall… What defines us is how well we rise after falling”.


Sophie Argles

Saatchi exhibited Sophie Argles is a UK artist based in London. Her enthusiasm and dedication to empowering the women of La Chureca through art saw her join the team in 2010. She donates exclusive designs for the Christmas and Valentine’s collections as well as Sophie’s Summer collection. Sophie works on developing the quality, individuality and marketability of the workshop’s products.


Marianne Paltzer

As EEP’s company and charity secretary, Marianne keeps the cogs of EEP turning. Marianne was crucial in the setting up of EEP: as Andrea’s mother, without her encouragement and support EEP would not have happened.



Charlotte Hessey

A PR Manager at Strutt & Parker, Charlotte initiated her contact with EEP as a dedicated volunteer and supporter back in 2009. She then served as a trustee from 2011-2014 where she worked tirelessly to promote EEP to press, organise EEP’s annual fundraisers alongside her general trustee duties. Everything she did for us remains to this day hugely appreciated.