Nicaragua Microloans
Beneficiaries23,000
2005 — 20105 years
StatusCompleted
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO REACH OUT TO THE PEOPLE OF NICARAGUA?
Tania VachonProject Manager, Central America

When you hear that Nicaragua is among the three Central American countries with the lowest human development indexes and a shocking 42.5% of the population lives below the poverty line with a very high child mortality rate (21%), you understand the importance of reaching out. Also, only 59.9% of rural households have adequate access to water and the Estelí region, where Project Nicaragua was implemented, is located in the Dry Tropic zone. The infrequent and irregular rain there has contributed to very-limited access to water and to make matters worse, the region is highly vulnerable to extreme weather events resulting from global climate change.

OUR KEY STRATEGIES

In Nicaragua, immense water reservoirs were built to collect and store rainwater during the wet season, for use during the dry season. These reservoirs enabled participant farmers to significantly increase their production, generating additional revenue, which benefited their families. Also, children participating in artistic activities created their own theater show at school and toured in neighbouring villages, which was hugely successful. A children’s book inspired by the show was produced and distributed to be used as an educational tool for many more youngsters in the years to come.

HOW DID THIS PROJECT HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE?
Elsa Rosales Olivas

I have been participating since 2006. Before this project, I could not grow anything on my land even though it was big enough and had great potential. Now my garden occupies this space and is 6 times bigger than before. I grow vegetables for my family, like tomatoes, onions and cabbages.

1,200
family gardens

and 30 school gardens under cultivation

23,000
spectators

educated about water issues

2,000
or more

microloans awarded

PROJECT BROCHUREDOWNLOAD PDF
HELP PEOPLE IN NICARAGUADONATE
Microloans allow families to grow more vegetables and increase production to generate revenues.
Microloans allow families to grow more vegetables and increase production to generate revenues.
Energy-efficient stoves allow 1,320 families to cook in a healthier and more sustainable way.
Energy-efficient stoves allow 1,320 families to cook in a healthier and more sustainable way.
1,200 hen houses were created in Nicaragua.
1,200 hen houses were created in Nicaragua.
A woman sells her vegetables thanks to her garden, which she can cultivate year-round, even during dry season.
A woman sells her vegetables thanks to her garden, which she can cultivate year-round, even during dry season.
Gardens were created in schools to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to the students.
Gardens were created in schools to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to the students.
Wells were rehabilitated in order to provide access to safe water.
Wells were rehabilitated in order to provide access to safe water.
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KEY PARTNERS FOR THE PROJECT

MAJOR FUNDING SOURCE
The Guy Laliberté Foundation

PROJECT COLLABORATOR
Oxfam-Québec

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