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Active grantees: 18
IAF commitment: $4,719,446
Counterpart value: $10,297,076
Total investment: $15,016,522
Areas of emphasis: Agriculture/food production (dairy farming, organic), corporate social investment, ecoturism, education/training, health, housing, legal assistance.

Contact information

Gabriela Boyer, Foundation Representative
Claudia Kaupert, Program Assistant
Gustavo Santos, Local Liaison

Active Grantees

Asociación de Comunidades de la Peninsula de Cosigüina (ACODEPEC) will develop its leadership role in facilitating development through training, organization and the administration of a sub grant fund to support initiatives in 20 communities of Cosigüina. 

Cooperativa Multisectorial Productores de Café Orgánico Certificado Las Segovias R.L. (PROCOCER) will offer coffee farmers in the department of Nueva Segovia training, technical assistance and access to better infrastructure.

Asociación para el Desarrollo de la Costa Atlántica Pana Pana (Pana Pana) will strengthen the capacity of 14 rural and peri-urban community water and sanitation committees on the isolated Atlantic Coast to leverage resources from the government, NGOs and other entities. The goal is to reduce disease by constructing sustainable water supply and sanitation infrastructure and provide education to create awareness of the need for a hygienic environment in local communities.

Fundación Nicaraguense Cosecha Sostenible (FUNCOS) will work with approximatedly 30 communities in the Municipalities of Kukra Hill and Bluefields to increase and diversify their agricultural production in an environmentally responsible way and promote the rational and sustainable use of the natural resources of the region. FUNCOS, in conjunction with the project participants will store, process, and market products such as cacao, coconuts, tropical roots, and vegetables to sell in the local, national, and international markets. The project will benefit approximately 350 farmers and their families.

Asociación Para el Desarrollo Integral de la Mujer (APADIEM) will work with women in the municipality of El Viejo to assess the needs of their 21 rural communities and develop a plan identifying income-producing activities that will lead to economic independence and better living conditions. The project is expected to benefit 420 women directly and 2,100 other community residents indirectly.

Asociación Aldea Global (Aldea Global) will train farmers in 18 cooperative and other groups to manage credit funds, develop their organization, control the quality of their production, improve their marketing and incorporate more women. The training and related assistance will benefit 1,800 farmers directly and their 9,000 family members indirectly.

 Centro de Comunicación y Educación Popular Cantera (CANTERA) plans to reduce violence in the peri-urban municipality of Ciudad Sandino, near Managua, by training young Nicaraguans in technical skills and entrepreneurship, providing seed capital for their small businesses and engaging them in community development. Collaboration with the community police, known for its positive influence on Nicaraguan neighborhoods, will be documented in print and on video, as well as the work of young community organizers with peers. The project will benefit 560 youths directly and another 2,520 members of their families indirectly. 

Asociación de Cooperativas de Pequeños Productores de Café de Nicaragua (CAFENICA) will offer farmers in its member organizations training, technical assistance and credit toward controlling crop diseases and mitigating the effects of climate change. The work will benefit 620 farmers and 3,100 members of their families.

Asociación Movimiento de Mujeres Nidia White
(Nidia White) will work with 560 women in 52 Miskito communities in the municipality of Puerto Cabezas (also known as Bilwi), located in the Región Atlántica Autónoma Norte (RAAN). Its program includes training and related technical, psychological and legal support toward enabling the women to become financially independent and less susceptible to domestic violence and sex-based discrimination. A corps of volunteers trained to monitor incidents of abuse will channel cases to the association or public authorities, as appropriate. In addition to the women participating, 3,280 other community residents will benefit.

Asociación Centro Jurídico Popular (CJP) will provide 915 young Nicaraguans, from rural communities in five municipalities of Matagalpa, training in citizenship, conflict resolution, communication and advocacy. It will also encourage at-risk youths to launch or strengthen existing small businesses by providing loans and technical assistance. The Grant will benefit another 3,120 people indirectly. 

Asociación de Mujeres Estelí Xilonem (AMEX) will work with 12 rural communities in the municipality of San Nicolás and urban neighborhoods in the adjoining municipality of Estelí to conduct a needs assessment evaluation. AMEX will draft a complementary development plan based on the findings, ensuring that diverse viewpoints are included by coordinating with local grassroots organizations and targeting marginalized populations such as LGBTI residents, sex workers and tobacco farmers, a group that has reported violations of labor laws to AMEX and other advocacy organizations in this region. The plan will also identify potential sources of income generation and training needs of these communities. For this project, AMEX will engage some 272 residents of the affected communities directly, and an additional 1,068 will benefit indirectly from these activities. 

Instituto de Acción Social Juan XXIII (Juan 23) will use its loan guarantee fund (Fideicomiso para el Desarrollo Inmobiliario) in coordination with Banco de la Producción, S.A (BANPRO) to finance the construction of 68 homes for poor urban working families and for 12 rural families. Its creative use of the fund should leverage sufficient resources for its housing program to become self-sufficient within a few years. The project is expected to benefit about 460 persons directly and 100 indirectly.

Centro Especializado de Atención a la Mujer (CEAMUJER) will provide leadership training, investment capital, technical assistance and legal services in 20 rural communities in the department of Matagalpa to increase the resident’s income generating capacity, promote land titling, encourage gender equality and reduce domestic violence. The project will reach approximately 1,200 men and women directly and another 4,800 indirectly.

Cooperativa de Producción Agroindustrial Hibiscus (Hibiscus) will work with 12 rural communities in Granada and Carazo to address severe drought and improve food security. The organization borrows part of its name from the hibiscus flower, a profitable annual crop resistant to drought - and in this case a viable alternative to the problems these communities face. It owns an industrial processing plant located in Nandaime where it processes the hibiscus flower into juice concentrate, dried leaves and tropical fruit wines and juices. IAF support will allow Hibiscus to strengthen affected communities’ abilities to overcome severe drought affecting their traditional crops such as beans, corn, and basic grains by cultivating the red flower, and to better market products made from the plant. Activities will also include building participants’ organizational and planning skills, as well as increasing knowledge on business management, governance, loan fund management and fundraising. Hibiscus will engage some 200 residents of participating communities directly, and an additional 1,800 people will benefit indirectly from these activities.

Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples Ríos de Agua Viva 21 de junio R.L.  (RAV) will work with about 22 communities of the municipality of Rancho Grande, Matagalpa, to increase cacao and coffee yields using sustainable and ecologically-sound agriculture (or agroecological) practices. RAV will provide training and technical assistance to achieve an internationally recognized sustainable farming certification. It will also help farmers increase their sales by improving quality and expanding export markets. RAV will help cooperative members maintain cacao and coffee tree fields, and establish more processing mills and demonstration plots. To improve its operational structure, RAV will train its managerial, technical and administrative team to build their organizational and management skills, along with other key personnel. The project will benefit 450 farmers and 1,800 family members indirectly.

Asociación de Madres y Familiares Víctimas de Guerra Waslala (Asociación de Madres) will work with about 27 rural communities in the municipality of Waslala in the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region to provide training, technical assistance, and loans for small business development, cacao collection and marketing to women and farmers. For example, the group will introduce scaled up production methods (like turning cacao into fermented, ground cacao or homemade chocolate specialty products) so its members can gain better access to local, national and international markets and command better prices. The Asociación de Madres will strengthen its institutional capacities in governance and strategic planning. Asociación de Madres will engage some 200 residents of the communities and an additional 1,000 residents will benefit indirectly. 

Asociación Multidisciplinaria para el Desarrollo (AMDES) will provide training in civic involvement and local governance, community development and gender-based violence to 890 young and adult Nicaraguans from 13 rural communities in Posoltega. AMDES will also encourage women and young people to launch or strengthen existing small businesses by providing loans and technical assistance. AMDES will strengthen women’s networks and women’s participation at the local level, so they can have a greater say about the use of public funds for community projects, as well as provide vocational training and access to loans to develop small-enterprises. AMDES will strengthen its management capacity by developing a strategic plan and increase its membership to include the most experienced community leaders, which will boost its effectiveness. The Grant will benefit 890 individuals directly and another 3,560 individuals indirectly. 

The Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo Nitlapan de la Universidad Centroamericana (NITLAPAN-UCA) works with residents from 10 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.

Tuktan Sirpi works with recyclers to consolidate and expand an operation in Jinotega Department by training a youth recycling network in organization, management, marketing and equipment operation.