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, improve democratic governance, and reduce the motivation to migrate.
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 9 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 $44 million through 227 grants to local organizations.