Program Funding Status

Funding Still Needed: $45,127

Program Details

Nicaragua Matagalpa
Acción Médica Cristiana (AMC)

FRB Members Supporting this Program

Nicaragua Matagalpa

In this context where access to legal owneship of land is especially challenging, this program purchases parcels of land, subdivides them and sells them to landless families. The land they start with is typically compacted and overgrazed pasture and anything but flat. Along with financing the land, farmers are trained how to fertilize the soil and prevent erosion, manage plant diseases and insects, and promote new crop varieties and how to market them. It’s a slow process. The first couple of years are comparable to homesteading in North America when the population moved westward. The land barely produces enough for the family’s consumption… let alone making any payments on the land. But then something happens, something transformational. Confidence replaces timidness. Beans, corn and dozens of other crops are planted, flowers and vegetables gardens appear, a zinc roof replaces the plastic sheeting on the house; and trees begin producing fruit and give shade where there were none before. The youth built a baseball diamond together and the community lays pipe for a water system. 

Images from Nicaragua Matagalpa