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Conserving Soils Key to Resiliency

July 28, 2022

Doña Silvia confirms that, as expressed by the subtitle of the program (“Somos Resilientes”), she and her family are indeed resilient. Except for her husband’s seasonal work picking coffee, agriculture is the sole source of income for the couple and their two children. But things weren’t going so well for them even before drought and […]

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Life is Better in So Many Ways

January 12, 2022

Now that they have a tank to store rainwater in, Maribel and her family are no longer completely limited to producing food in the unpredictable rainy season. She says, “Through training activities with [local partner] CIEETS, we can now grow and harvest more because we’ve learned about farming with irrigation. Since what we grow is […]

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Restoring the Soil, Improving Farming

December 8, 2021

When technicians from local partner Caritas Estelí first presented soil restoration as a means of improving resilience to worsening weather patterns, Doña Emma says she and the 40 other farmers at the meeting could immediately see it was “a beautiful way to recover from the hurricanes” that had recently affected them. As with most of […]

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The Future Starts with Seeds

October 27, 2021

Gerardo says, “Having food to eat and seeds to plant – even after a poor rainy season – is the best thing that has happened to us!” He knows from personal experience the pain of not having the necessary seeds to plant during the rainy season and having to migrate to find work in order […]

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Savings Groups Meet with Success

May 17, 2021

Last year Gladis attended – with skepticism – a meeting about Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) supported by local partner Fundación San Lucas. This year, after seeing what her SILC allowed her to accomplish, that skepticism is gone. “It has been a wonderful experience,” she says, “and there are lots of women and men […]

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A Good Year Despite the Pandemic

March 16, 2021

George is a community promoter who has been with the Rio Coco program since 2017. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, he says, “I feel that I have been very blessed. I’ve had food in the house, income from the sale of rice and other produce, and the security of a farm and a home […]

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New Farming Practices Improve Family Finances

March 1, 2021

Ramona’s family has always depended on agriculture to survive. With support and encouragement from local partner CIEETS, they’re finally beginning to thrive. She and her family used to plant only corn and beans. “Sometimes we had good results, sometimes not, depending on the weather,” she says. They would have to sell some of their harvested […]

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Building Resilience

November 17, 2020

A young couple lives on a small farm with their daughter and two sons. They grow rice on a half acre of land and make ends meet by working as day laborers. That is, they did until recently. This year a drought caused their rice crop to fail. The couple had taken a loan to […]

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Crop Diversification Supports Food Security

April 30, 2020

Luís lives in the mountainous department of Matagalpa on land that has been in his family for generations.  He remembers his grandfather telling stories about when the farm was still fertile. When it came time for Luís to farm it, the soil was so degraded he was forced to rent elsewhere in order to get […]

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