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Aixa Nuño, Miami Beach, holds an MBA from Florida State University and has worked as a financial planner and analyst for Florida's Agency for Healthcare Administration. She has conducted financial analysis of over 400 health care organizations and over 200 municipal pension plans. During 1996-98 Aixa served with the Chamber of Commerce in Cartago, Costa Rica as a Peace Corps volunteer consultant in small business. As a six-year FAVACA volunteer, Aixa has trained 61 individuals in her consultations with a micro-credit organization in La Ceiba, Honduras; a Belize bed and breakfast women's group in St. Margaret's Village; a rural women's group, Organización Empresarial in El Salvador; and, at the request of a representative of the Costa Rica Legislative Assembly, Axia served as a port and small business development consultant in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica.
STRATEGIC PLANNING FOCUS OF FIRST WORKSHOP FOR HONDURAN NGOS. Under the agreement with the Humanitarian Assistance Program of the US Southern Command to strengthen communities FAVACA delivered its first training in La Ceiba, Honduras. The workshops are targeted to non-profit leaders and are organized in collaboration with lead partner the Adelante Foundation. The first workshop focused on strategic planning and was led by veteran volunteer Aixa Nuño, Miami Beach. Forty-four individuals attended representing 19 organizations. Nuño also provided one-on-one consultations following the half-day workshop. She traveled to La Ceiba February 27 - March 3, 2004. Aixa is a retired State of Florida manager and former Peace Corps Volunteer to Costa Rica. Attending organizations included a wide variety of not-for-profit, non-political and non-sectarian groups including social service agencies, environmental, health and community development institutions.
BELIZE WOMENS' GROUPS LEARN HOSPITALITY SKILLS. St. Margaret's Village, Belize sits near the entrance to Five Blues Lake National Park and has potential for attracting foreign tourists. Two "Bed and Breakfast" (B&B) Women's Groups have formed to meet this demand. Catherine Archibald, a volunteer from Princeton, New Jersey, working with the park management, requested basic hospitality management training on behalf of the two groups. Veteran small business volunteer Aixa Nuño, Miami Beach, traveled to St. Margaret's December 5-12, 2000, to visit the facilities and conduct workshops for 17 participants from the two groups. The training focused on establishing basic standards and setting short, medium and long-term goals for the development of the B&B services.
SALVADORAN WOMEN'S ORGANIZATION PLANS FOR THE FUTURE. After FAVA/CA volunteer consultant Miguel Mantilla consulted with the Organización Empresarial Femenina (OEF) in December 1999, Executive Director Emma Dinorah Mendez determined there was a need for further strategic planning for her organization with more staff involvement. Business consultant and veteran FAVA/CA volunteer Aixa Nuño, Miami Beach, conducted a strategic planning session at OEF's year end staff meeting November 26 - December 2, 2000, in San Salvador. Nuño led discussions of the group's goals for the next five years and how to turn those goals into actions. OEF is an association formed to provide assistance to rural women through training programs and direct assistance.
COSTA RICA'S PUERTO LIMON RECEIVES PORT MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVICE. Representative Walter Robinson Davis of the Costa Rica Legislative Assembly for the province of Limón, hosted volunteer-consultants Richard Ogburn of the South Florida Regional Planning Council, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami retired small business specialist and former Peace Corps Volunteer - Costa Rica Aixa Nuño, June 19-25, 2000. Diputado Robinson Davis requested their expertise in port management and small business development to increase economic development and business opportunities for the community. During this initial consultation, plans were formulated for future training and technical assistance.