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November 2021


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Contacts for Nicaragua

Foundation Representative

Gabriela Boyer

Grants Assistant

Sara Vargas

Program Assistant

Zoila Romero

Country Strategy

Nicaragua faces historic and deep-rooted poverty, made worse by the country’s ongoing sociopolitical crisis. It is also vulnerable to natural disasters including drought, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Our grantee partners expand economic opportunity, enhance peace and security, and improve democratic governance.

We invest in local organizations that expand access to credit and markets, develop small businesses, and mobilize local resources for development. Our grantee partners work with underserved groups in nine of the country’s 15 departments, including indigenous people, women, people with disabilities, and young people.

We awarded our first grant in Nicaragua in 1972. Since then, we have provided $45.2 million through 229 grants to local organizations.

Projects in Nicaragua

ordered by most recently awarded


2021- Voces Caribeñas

Asociación Red de Mujeres Afrolatinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y de la Diáspora (ARMAAD - Voces Caribeñas) works in the municipality of Puerto Cabezas in the autonomous Caribbean coast region to prioritize, propose, and plan community-development activities in a region battered by COVID-19 and Hurricanes ETA and IOTA.

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2020 – Fabretto

Asociación Familia Padre Fabretto (Fabretto) is introducing key adjustments to its five-year education program, as well as its abbreviated technical education program, to prepare rural youth for employment or agricultural activities by implementing a high school-track program, extending its technical program and incorporating more technology into it, increasing young women's participation in its programs, and engaging the community to foster sustainable agriculture and adaptation to changing weather patterns.

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2020 – Red GPAE

Red de Promoción de la Agroecología GPAE (Red GPAE) is working with small producers to improve organic and sustainable agricultural practices, develop access to new markets by educating consumers on the benefits of organic production, and promote inclusion and leadership for women and young people. 

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2019-Asociación de Madres

Asociación de Madres y Familiares Víctimas de Guerra-Waslala (Asociación de Madres) provides technical and financial assistance to farmers to develop skills in cacao collection and small business development and works to improve pricing and incomes, particularly for women-owned farms and businesses.

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Asociación Nochari (Nochari), works with producers to train them in organic production techniques, improve their access to native seeds like yucca and guineo (bananas), and sell their crops collectively in local and regional markets.

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2019-Cuenta Conmigo

Asociación de Familias con Personas con Trastornos Psicóticos, Asociación Cuenta Conmigo (Cuenta Conmigo), represents people with mental illness and their families to raise awareness of their rights and connect them with local stakeholders and services that will help them integrate into society as fully as possible.

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Cooperativa Multisectorial de Productores Orgánicos De El Rama R. L. (COMPOR) provides training in improving cacao production, strategic planning capacity, accounting standards for the organization, farmer-to-farmer technical assistance, and access to export markets to create income-generating activities in their communities.

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The Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo Nitlapan de la Universidad Centroamericana (NITLAPAN-UCA) works with residents from ten communities in the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region to promote community development and generate economic opportunities by establishing savings and loans groups to support individual and collective economic initiatives, and providing training for young people in leadership skills and sustainable agricultural practices.

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Staff working with projects in Nicaragua