Cacao farmers in rural communities of Waslala struggle with low household incomes and food insecurity due to limited access to local, national, and international markets in which to sell their products. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to expand economic opportunity in Nicaragua. Our grantee partner, 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. Asociación de Madres’ activities promote smallholder agriculture and food production to enhance food security, promote gender equality, and ensure meaningful opportunities for communities to thrive.
This grant is part of the IAF’s broader initiative to empower women by increasing opportunities for civic engagement, access to credit, and training in leadership and business.