In five Agros villages in Nicaragua, 102 families have combined their efforts and produced nearly 50,000 pounds of Tabasco chili peppers for export. Through agricultural loans and technical training with Agros, these families from the El Edén, Nuevas Esperanzas, San José, and San Marcos villages have already generated $7,500 in profits. The farmers obtained a favorable market price by joining together and negotiating a contract with a Nicaraguan exporter.
The pepper project improves families’ year-round income, and is also an opportunity for families to apply the agricultural and business techniques they are learning. With the help of Agros staff, farmers are using a new drip irrigation system, testing new fertilizers, and exploring different methods to minimize and control insect infestations. The success of this project is boosting farmer’s confidence and encouraging them to apply new skills to other crops and projects as well.
In San Marcos de Belen, Luis and his family are waiting to build their new house, and in the meantime, the family bikes three miles each day to arrive on time to help with the pepper project. Luis works hard at the project and appreciates the equal effort and responsibility from his neighbors. He remarks proudly, “I am very happy with the work ethic of Agros; we have to work to gain results. This gives me pride and dignity and the opportunity to leave something behind for my children.”