Photo of the Week: Revitalizing Rural Communities in Nicaragua

June 07, 2013

Through improved farming and business practices, a cooperative in the Jinotega province creates new prosperity and opportunity for its community.

Anielka Chavarria works at a nursery owned by the Tomatoya-Chagüite Grande cooperative in northern Nicaragua. The job provides Anielka, a single mother, with financial independence, and the high-quality vegetable seedlings she grows help boost productivity for the cooperative’s 38 members.

Before the cooperative was established, local farmers, including Anielka’s father and uncle, earned barely enough to support themselves. With TechnoServe’s assistance, and with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development and Catholic Relief Services, the farmers have turned their cooperative into a successful business. They have learned to grow superior produce and to stagger their planting so they could harvest 24 times a year, instead of just two, allowing them to become a competitive supplier to a national supermarket chain. As the cooperative continues to grow, the benefits ripple from household to household.

Learn more about our work with the Tomatoya-Chagüite Grande cooperative.

 

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