Nicaragua: Programme overview and projects


  • A “House of Mothers” for those in extreme poverty: a sure start in life

    A “House of Mothers” for those in extreme poverty: a sure start in life

    In the vicinity of San Dionisio, Nicaragua, the deprived women live with no water, electricity or healthcare provision. If they’re pregnant, they can spend their final days before giving birth in the “House of Mothers” in safe proximity of the outpatient’s clinic. That’s if they manage the exhausting journey here.
  • A Proven Recipe: Supporting Young People in Matagalpa

    A Proven Recipe: Supporting Young People in Matagalpa

    The future is the hands of the young: for SWISSAID it is particularly important that young men and women in the impoverished villages of Nicaragua find a future. The collaborative project with various youth organisations is going so well that more and more communities want to join in.
  • Low-hanging fruit just got lower

    Low-hanging fruit just got lower

    To many young men and women in Nicaragua, there does not seem to be any way out of their current plight. However, youth organisations are nurturing hope and a promising outlook for the future.
  • Sweet fortune from bitter beans

    Sweet fortune from bitter beans

    Falling prices and fungus attacks are two of the worst threats to coffee farmers in Nicaragua. SWISSAID supports the founding of cooperatives – and this boosts the population’s economic security.
  • Family planning in Nicaragua: contraception is available, but there is a deficit in knowledge

    Family planning in Nicaragua: contraception is available, but there is a deficit in knowledge

    How many children do we want to have? How will we provide food for our family? It was normal for Esmeralda Álvarez Bermúdez that she had little say in her family and in Nicaraguan society. Since becoming involved in a women’s organisation supported by SWISSAID, her silence is a thing of the past.
  • Strengthening entrepreneurial spirit: women’s power in the countryside

    Strengthening entrepreneurial spirit: women’s power in the countryside

    A snack bar, a clothes shop or a small chicken farm – young women show their ideas and entrepreneurial spirit in Nicaragua.
  • Education and health checks save lives

    Education and health checks save lives

    Teenage pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and domestic violence, in particular, have an adverse impact on women in Nicaragua. Training courses and medical assistance are helping break down taboos – and saving lives. 46-year-old Bertha’s case is a good example.