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Summer Project Spotlight: Housing for Nicaraguan Women | Nourish International

August 2, 2011 | Posted in Summer Projects | By

In Nicaragua, a large portion of the population lives in poverty. Poor women, disadvantaged  due to  both their gender and their economic status, often operate on the margins of society. Lacking economic opportunity, these women struggle to care for and support their families. Basic needs like food and shelter are often not met.

This summer, the Nourish chapter at the University of New Mexico teamed up with Nicaraguan nonprofit Casa de la Mujer to provide housing for women and their families in Nicaragua. The project team is currently in Nicaragua building and improving upon houses. Deeds to the homes will be sold at little cost to female heads of household, providing the women with a property investment and increasing their independence. The women will then be able to focus on other needs in their lives.

Nicaragua construction

In addition to constructing safe shelters for Nicaraguan women, Casa de la Mujer addresses other needs, providing these women with legal resources, job training, and other services. The organization also educates women about domestic violence, health and nutrition.

The project team is currently hard at work in Nicaragua. Despite the hard manual labor required to build the houses, the team has still found time and energy to experience the culture of Nicaragua through holiday celebrations and sightseeing trips. Read about their experiences on their blog by clicking here.

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