Meet Maria

We want you to meet one of our Family Garden beneficiaries, Maria. Maria Otilia Campos is 63, and she lives in the community of El Zapotal, which is located 4 kilometers south of Jinotepe. She is a mother of 4 and the only one who is able to sustain her family. 

Seeds Provide Sustainable Change

Your support of CEPAD’s agricultural program doesn’t just change the land and crops farmers use, but it actually changes farmers’ lives and outlook. Virginia Flores is living proof of this. By receiving vegetable seeds, her life has been transformed in the following ways:

Women Empowering Women

Excitement was in the air as women from across the country gathered at our central office in Managua to attend a two day craft training. Together, we learned how to make different styles of bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Through songs, prayers, and laughter, we wove bracelets while weaving brighter futures. Women in Nicaragua are the […]

Mirna’s Story

This Christmas I want to invite you into a special place, the home of Mirna Espinoza. I want you to come and sit at her table and listen to her story. As you step into Mirna’s house you will see dirt floors, a curtain covering a doorway where the whole family sleeps and a makeshift […]

Isidria’s Family is Thriving, Thanks to You

Isidria is a mother of four children who lives about an hour outside of Managua. Thanks to your support she is now better supporting her family through craft training and a family garden she has planted. Despite higher food prices because of the crisis she has hope and is able to feed her family with the sale of crafts and the produce from their garden.

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Family Gardens provide healthy food for families

Eusebia is a mother of 3 children. She lives in the town of La Joya, Nicaragua, which is located approximately 16 miles from the nearest town of Teustepe.

Eusebia has participated in CEPAD’s family gardens program where she has learned to grow a small garden next to her home.

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Sugeyli and her two sons

“You Have Given to Us and Expect Nothing Back”

Come in to see our chancha!” Oscar and his older brother Witer ran ahead of us as their mother excitedly invited us into their house to see their large pig which had recently given birth to 12 piglets.

We followed, expecting to walk out the back door after entering the house, but the two brothers turned into the small, smoke-filled kitchen. There she was, their pride and joy, snout to the hard dirt floor, hunting for food with her 12 little pink piglets.

For Sugeyli, this family of pigs living in her kitchen eases her worry about her sons not having enough to eat. These pigs give her hope for their future.

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Meet Juana. Her Life is Better, Thanks to You

Despite only having studied through sixth grade and with few resources for her 4 children, you give Juana Figueroa great hope for the future. She is involved in CEPAD’s community banking program and is the President of her village’s Community Development Committee. She has already benefitted from your support of CEPAD’s patio gardens and is now growing fruits and vegetables.

CEPAD: Can you tell us about yourself?

Juana Figueroa: I work on the farm with my husband, we rent two manzanas to grow corn and beans. We also grow oranges, mangoes and malanga on our patio at home.

CEPAD: Tell us about your children. I heard you have a 15-year-old daughter in high school and a 5-year-old in preschool. Do you have any others?

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Women Take First Steps Toward Economic Security with Community Banks

Women in rural Nicaraguan communities have many skills, including sewing, cooking and more. With CEPAD’s community bank program, they learn to turn those skills into businesses so they can make money for their families.

For many this will be the first time they have earned money for their families and represents a transformational shift in their self-esteem.

CEPAD is working with 35 women from seven villages near Matagalpa, to set up a new community bank in each village. CEPAD funds the bank, and the women run it to ensure accountability and a productive use of the funds. The goal is for every member of the bank to start a small business, such as selling food, tailoring clothes, or setting up a small store to sell household goods.

Each woman starts with a small loan, between $20 and $100, and pays it back over four months. With time, the size of the loans will increase to match the capacity of her business. Read more