About Us

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The Marcovia Project is a registered 501c3 nonprofit founded by Anthony and Emily Hemmert. Emily lived in southern Honduras for eighteen months as a proselytizing missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She never forgot the suffering of the Honduran people.  The Hemmerts, along with 6  volunteer board members, work to carry out the mission of the project.

Gary Hardy, Treasurer

Gary is a native Nevadan.  He learned Spanish while serving as a missionary in Southern California.  With a career in finance and a strong moral compass, he will continue to lead us as we seek to do the greatest good with your donations. 

Nancy Gillespie 

“I am from Honduras. I lived in Honduras almost all my life.  Honduras is a beautiful place but with very opportunities to grow economically, it was difficult to be in Honduras.  I know what it feels like to be in a situation where you have no food and no opportunity. It’s ugly to feel like this. Now I live in the United States because my husband is from here.  I am happy for this opportunity.  I have experience in working for non-governmental organizations.  I used to work for a NGO in Honduras and it was beautiful to see the smiles of the children and the parents to have hope in their lives. 

Nahum Ortiz

Nahum & Emily met when they both lived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  He recently moved to Salt Lake City with his family to provide greater opportunities for his children.  He considers himself a “forever learner” and is eager to learn and grow.  He’s a published author.  
His childhood in Honduras gives him incredible understanding of the trials experiencing Honduran youth.  


Samuel Ramirez

Samuel is a native Honduran. He currently lives in Utah with his family. Sam and Emily met when they both lived in Honduras. He brings a smile to everyone he meets.  His knowledge of the Marcovia area is a great asset.  He’s incredibly hard working and we’re grateful for his dedication to the project. 


With your support, every Honduran loan recipient can achieve their full potential and transform their family, community, and country.