Natalie grew up in Los Angeles, CA and attended the University of San Francisco where she received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. She currently attends Hult International Business School working towards a Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship. She has spent significant amount of time in Nicaragua having studied abroad there as well as multiple volunteer trips to her cousin’s non-profit, the Barrio Planta Project, in San Juan del Sur. She has seen the gap in education for young women and mothers to learn about health, wellness, family planning, and child care and hopes Vida will help fill that gap. She plans on living in Nicaragua once she graduates in August 2014 to dedicate all of her time to making Vida a success.
Gilla grew up in Germany, where she graduated her Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Management at the Academy of Fashion & Design, Hamburg. Currently she’s a Master student of Social Entrepreneurship at Hult International Business School in San Francisco, CA. Working in different fashion start-ups she realized that entrepreneurship is the perfect tool to empower women and to give them the chance to develop their lifestyles towards a more aware, independent future. She’s convinced that by providing women with knowledge and a place for interaction Vida will be able to start some good.
Jessica grew up in Tampa, Fl. and attended the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fl. She graduated with a B.S. in Business Management with a minor in Hospitality, and is now pursuing her Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship at Hult International Business School in San Francisco, CA. From a very young age Jessica learned the importance of fitness and health. She has always been active and has personally felt the effects a healthy lifestyle can have on ones life. If you feel healthy and confident about yourself the possibilities in life are endless. Jessica is passionate about Vida because it has the opportunity to reach out to women in Nicaragua and allow them access to the knowledge to be able to create a healthy lifestyle. The impact that Vida will have on women and their lives is immeasurable, and Jessica can’t wait to help make Vida a success.
Fernando is a proud Nicaraguan with a communication background from the University of Amsterdam. In addition, he did a one-year minor program in international development studies and acquired subsequent experience in nonprofits through internships as well as volunteer work in Nicaragua. Fernando wishes to contribute in providing better health and wellness facilities to the rural areas in his home country. He sees this project as the perfect beginning of change for good.
Atim was born in Nigeria and lived there for 17 years before she moved to Canada to study. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Digital enterprise management and has worked in the digital media space in the real estate industry, food industry and maternal health. She currently studies at Hult business school where she met Natalie and started working on the Vida Project. She brings her nutrition and maternal health knowledge to the team and her experience in both the developed world and third world countries to the table.