Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Begins in Nueva San Jose
Thank you for welcoming a new family into Agros’ newest village
A Story from our Spring 2021 Newsletter
Last year, Agros identified twenty families in rural Nicaragua, who desperately needed homes. As part of the Village Within a Village initiative, our goal was to connect these families with dignified housing, access to land, and opportunities to practice market-led agriculture in the newest Agros village of Nueva San José, Nicaragua. Mario José Hernandez Blandón and his family are one of those twenty—and thanks to you, they are now comfortably settled in Nueva San José.
Mario said that before coming to join Nueva San José, his family had to sacrifice a lot. Mario, his wife María, and even the kids worked long hours on coffee plantations, but all their hard work seemed to benefit only the plantation. To make sure his family had enough to eat, Mario had to rent and work additional land. He could not find a way to get ahead, and for a while the whole family had to live in a “small shack made of plastic and scrap wood.” Thanks to Agros donors, Mario is gaining traction as he works to break the cycle of poverty for his family.
Recently, Mario, María, and their children moved into a new home in Nueva San José. Made of cinderblocks, it also has all the basics like potable water and a good, secure roof. Perhaps even more importantly, the family has their own small plot of land to farm—giving them both food to eat and a source of income. Mario has already planted jalapeños, passion fruits, and basic grains like beans and corn!
Your generosity means that instead of worried and anxious about his family’s security, Mario can feel “happy, calm, and content” in his new home. He’s already looking ahead to the future when he has full title to the land and something to pass down to his kids.
MARIO SAID HIS DREAM NOW IS TO
“PAY OFF THE LAND, HAVE SOMETHING OF HIS OWN,
AND ENSURE HIS DAUGHTER CAN STUDY.”
The Agros donor family truly has an amazing impact. Families like Mario’s join Agros villages every year, and each time it happens you create generations of change!
“YOU CROWN THE YEAR WITH YOUR BOUNTY, AND YOUR CARTS OVERFLOW WITH ABUNDANCE.”
If you'd like to support families like Mario and Maria's, please donate if you can.
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