What is a home?

  1. It is where I feel most comfortable
  2. It’s a place to do whatever I want
  3. It is a sanctuary from the outside world
  4. It’s where I’m surrounded by those I love
  5. It is a place to relax
  6. It is where I feel at peace
  7. It is where I find comfort when I am tired
  8. It is where I want to be when there is confusion outside
  9. It’s a place where I don’t have to worry so much
  10. It is where I can be 100% myself
  11. It’s the happiest place in the world
  12. It is a place to refuel my energy#la casa.001.002

More Nica coffee in Rochester

Union Place Coffee is excited to be one of a handful of US roasters to get this beautiful coffee and have the opportunity to offer it to the Rochester market.

The Manual Lopez Coffee Cooperative was founded in El Sauce in the early 1990s. Its goal was to create an organization that could pool resources together to find technical support for the original 18 small- plot farmers that founded the cooperative. A longer-term goal was to help the farmers find better export markets for their coffee than they could if they worked individually. In 2013, with the help of Enlace, the farmers from the Manuel Lopez Cooperative were able to export their coffee directly to the US.

About half of the cooperative members are life-long coffee farmers who learned their trade as it was passed down from grandfather-to-father-to-son. It’s a trade they have known since they were children. The other half is comprised of newer farmers who have joined in recent years. The expansion is successful because the experienced members are willing to share with and teach the aspiring members. “If someone does not have seeds to plant, a family will give them seeds,” says Ruben Martinez Pichardo. “Later, that farmer will bring seeds back. The idea is that everyone can harvest.” It’s this cooperative spirit that has allowed for the cooperative to flourish.

“Now I can afford to send my son the public university so he can further is studies and get a better job in his future. He’s studying English.” — life-long co-op member Emiliano Martinez Reyes

The new price the farmers are paid averages between 30-50% more than they were receiving previously. The increased income from coffee now allows for the families to make investments in basic necessities, like healthcare, education, and housing improvement.


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Why child migrants are not coming from Nicaragua


Some facts from the Cato Institute:

  • Nicaragua has low rates of violent crime, gang membership, and fewer family connections to the United States than Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
  • Nicaragua has a much lower homicide rate than those countries. According to the United Nations, there has been a dramatic increase in murder rates across Central America since 2006 — except in Nicaragua.
  • Nicaraguan gang membership is low compared to other nations in Latin America. The numbers are so low they don’t merit close recording.

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A happy ending

This family was approved to receive a 4W house last January before they realized that the land they lived on was not private property — it was land that belonged to the town. Carmelo, the dad, worked with the mayor’s office in El Sauce and was able to buy another plot at a small cost. Below is Carmelo with his happy family in front of  their brand new house on land that they truly own.

The happy family of Carmelo David Pichardo

The happy family of Carmelo David Pichardo

Children’s Week in Nicaragua

by Alfonso Jesús Calero Treminio, General Manager of DIDES (Asociación Dimensiones del Desarrollo), an NGO in El Sauce

It was in 1954 when the General Assembly of the United Nations recommended that a universal Children’s Day be instituted in all countries, a day devoted exclusively to reaffirming the rights of children and allocating various activities for the welfare of the world’s youngest generations.#b1

Countries celebrate on different dates, according to how each government believes appropriate, but the meaning remains the same in all. Children’s Day in Nicaragua is celebrated effusively every year, dedicated to the little ones who represent the future of our society. It is celebrated with activities to ratify and promote their rights to the Nicaraguan community. Moreover, Nicaraguan law established through Act 208 that the celebration be a full week. It instituted it as a yearly celebration from June 1 to June 7.

Last week in Nicaragua, the national government, municipal authorities, NGOs, and society in general, through various expressions, focused on the promotion, protection and implementation of the rights of boys and girls.

More than a holiday, it is important to teach our children in Nicaragua to appreciate what they have. They know that there are other children in the world who do not enjoy their rights fully. It is important for our children to make the most of their opportunities because, in the not too distant future, they will need to be persons useful to themselves and to society. And we should not forget how we ourselves enjoyed being children. Recall that by the love and understanding we give our children in Nicaragua, we are guarantors of their inherent right to live and be happy.

To celebrate Children’s Week, these kids -- Los Pequeños Búfalos de El Sauce -- show off their skills at making and marketing macrame bracelets.

To celebrate Children’s Week, these kids — Los Pequeños Búfalos de El Sauce — show off their skills at making and marketing macrame bracelets.


Most of the children are from 4Walls families.

Most of the children in the group are from 4Walls families.





Choosing the next houses

an application

application for a house

part of an application

part of an application

This morning in the Enlace office in El Sauce, the comité plans for additional housing construction in 2014.

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