Nicaragua shares its borders with Costa Rica, Honduras, the Pacific Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea. The largest country in Central America, Nicaragua is known as “the land of lakes and volcanoes,” and its geography is filled with mountains, coastal plains, and a tropical rainforest. More than 40 percent of the rural population lives in poverty and about half of Nicaraguan workers are unemployed.
- Total Population: 5,788,531
- Size: 130,370 sq km
- Average Annual Income: $1,510
- Child mortalities per 1,000 live births: 21.86
- Maternal mortalities per 100,000 live births: 95
- Main exports: coffee, beef, shrimp and lobster, tobacco, sugar, gold, peanuts; cigars, automobile wiring harnesses, textiles and apparel
AGROS IN NICARAGUA
Our first village in Nicaragua, Futuro del Manana, was established in 1999, and is now home to 22 families. Since then, we have established eight more villages, three of which have graduated from direct support and are now self-sustainable (including Futuro del Manana!). Nicaragua is also home to our largest community, Tierra Nueva, where 150 families are building a better future for their children. Currently, we are partnering with 304 families in six villages, helping them to gain access to education, agricultural training, health care and sanitation, clean water, and other resources critical to lifelong health and success.