Mercidia and Phil have been changing lives in Nicaragua for years and now we want to share with you the things that can be done with your purchases and your private donations.
Mercidia is from a small village in southern Nicaragua. She grew up during the civil war in the 80s with missiles flying overhead from one mountain to the next while her village was in the middle. She watched as some of her family members were kidnapped and tortured. Even today, She feels the guilt and pain of watching and not being able to do anything to help. She was one of the lucky ones and was able to escape the suffering. Since that time, Mercidia has always felt the need to help, she worked for the humanitarian efforts within her country, has her degrees in Psychology and Nursing. Every year, she has donated a part of her salary to bring Christmas dinners to families in need. She has already fed dozens upon dozens of families from her annual donations.
Mercidia met Phil in 2017 and was married in early 2020. Phil is the Founder and President of Greenleaf Ladies Golf Sandals (founded in 2001). Phil learned of Mercidia’s efforts to help the people of Nicaragua and joined the cause in 2017. Phil, an entrepreneur, noticed Mercidia wearing these fashionable leather sandals and asked what type of sandals she wearing because it looked like she loved them. The sandals turned out to be Handmade Leather Sandals made by an Artist in Nicaragua.
From that question, a light bulb went off and the idea spawned for the Merciphil Foundation. With Phil’s experience making quality sandals for the last 20 years and Mercidia’s passion to bring hope to so many in her country, we developed the idea to Import and Sell Handmade Genuine Leather goods to support many more people of Nicaragua. The people of Nicaragua are known to be humble and very artistic. Working with Genuine Leather is part of their art culture and the technique is handed down from generation to generation and we finally have found this special family. Mercidia and Phil are working closely with the leather artists to develop the brand “Merciphil” that will be synonymous with high quality and unique leather products at an affordable price.
We hope you feel confident that when you purchase one of our Merciphil products you are not only getting a quality item that you will enjoy, you are becoming a member of the Merciphil Foundation that is dedicated to helping feed families, build better homes, and sponsoring children through educational programs.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. 100% of your generous donation will go directly to fund our mission.