PROJECTS

 

Thanks to our sustainable life system, we have developed several projects focused on assuring sustainable growth for communities and families.

PROJECTS

Thanks to our sustainable life system, we have developed several projects focused on assuring sustainable growth for communities and families

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WHERE

WE WORK

Currently Heifer carries on projects in three regions and 6 departments of the country.

Central region: Estelí, Madriz, Nueva Segovia, Jinotega, Matagalpa, Boaco.
The North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region and South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region.

VALUE CHAINS

CATTLE RAISING

KNOWLEDGE

COFFEE

COCOA

DAIRY PROCESSING

HONEY

MILK

POULTRY

EGGS

FRUITS

BEANS

CORN

NIKA MILK

(2018 – 2022)

NIKA MILK is a Heifer Nicaragua project that seeks to empower the national dairy industry starting with the milk producers, their families and their cooperatives.

During its first phase between 2018-2021, the project’s general objective was to improve the dairy production profitability and competitiveness. Focus was placed on strengthening business resilience, gender perspective and social capital to achieve a living income for the families linked to the livestock farming value chain.

Currently in its second Phase from 2021 to 2022, it seeks that the milk-producing-families and their organizations improve productivity and seek to care for the environment. Shifting towards quality dairy processing, fluid milk safety and hygiene, and the diversification of dairy products. In turn 4,200 families get inclusive access to markets allowing them to contribute to closing the income gap and achieving sustainable livestock farming. The project was developed in different communities of the Milky Way, the largest dairy basin in the country. This dairy area is made up of 5 municipalities: Muy Muy, Matiguas, Rio Blanco, Paiwas, Mulukuku.

RESULTS

Associated cooperatives improved their gross profit margin by 10%.

Increase of 5 % in the sales volume of fluid milk.

Equipment of Collection centers and laboratories.

42 rural entrepreneurships with gender approach in the dairy processing ($42,260) and eggs production

18 Auto Saving and loan committees (CAAP’s) with self-management of $11,042.59 that ensures additional incomes to the families.

TOTAL INVESTMENT: U$2.3 MILLIONS

BEYOND COFFEE II

(2018 – 2022)

The project has regional coverage (México, Honduras and Nicaragua). In Nicaragua we have integrated 2,932 families with 36 % of women`s participation.

The project Beyond Coffee was born to face the challenges that coffee growers face, and it gives them the opportunity to diversify their income sources with complementary agricultural products in their farms.

Beyond Coffee focuses on creating new opportunities for Nicaraguan producers, by diversifying their incomes through Plantain (644 families), Cocoa (345 families), Passion fruit (250 families) and honey (257 families). Abovementioned created additional incomes with dried cocoa beans, which were exported by the company EXPASA (part of the ECOM Group) to Trading Organic in Amsterdam, coordinated by the project Beyond Coffee.

During the first year of its implementation, Beyond Coffee I made an organizational dialogue identifying that 67% of the organizations do not have commercial management structures. The strategy to solve it was having dialogues with them to determine support mechanisms for business and commercial management.

12 organizations now are commercially connected in a sustainable way with the differentiated marketing, 6 organizations that had participated are now directly linked with the fair-trade market through marks such as FT and FTO.

781 trainings were carried out (292 with crop diversification and 489 with coffee) with a total of 1,794 participants, 639 of whom are female. Also, 200 facilitators have participated supporting the producers in the training process and the work in their farm plots.

The technical consultancy of the project and linking to Cooperatives: Flores del Campo, COOMPROCOM RL, Flor de Pancasán and COOMCAFE with the organization MEDA and its program TECNOLOLINKS, which offers access to technologies that are improving the productivity, quality and agricultural profitability of small producers. As a result, Flores del Campo Cooperative is going to win a project approval from a funding of U$ 20,000 destined to invest on the strengthening of their productive capacities in the coffee business.

RESULTS

Till September 2021, 118 hectares of Passion fruit were established and alliances with the enterprises ECOM and OLAM were made.

Organic and Fair-Trade Certifications with a coffee offer of 30,224.64 QQ oro*

8 cooperatives fixed 2,474.32 QQ oro, with incomes of $150,796.40, with 41% of profitability for the coffee-growing families and a 10% more in income compared to the geographical local price.

Contract with a client from Denmark that is going to buy Honey coffee. This relation will ensure the improvement of the income from $180 to $280 QQ/oro.

*Note: QQ/oro: Quintals/oro. Coffee producers use it to mean the finished, hulled, graded and sorted, export grade raw coffee.

TOTAL INVESTMENT: U$1.038 MILLION

EMPUJE

(2019 – 2023)

Heifer International’s direct intervention approach in the EMPUJE project aims to improve the welfare of 3,240 young people between 15 and 30 years old, including 1,944 women from Matagalpa and Boaco departments.

To that end, Heifer Nicaragua implements its Technical Skills Training Program, based on entrepreneurship, values and life skills with gender perspective. With the leadership that Children Believe Nicaragua has developed and funded by the Government of Canada, more young people are having access to courses and programs that provide them technical training and certification, to meet the market demand.

 

Further, the project is promoting the creation of job opportunities or self-employment by involving the local companies, promoting career and job fairs, campaigns promoting employment and youth entrepreneurship, technical conferences to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in areas that concerns the project and promoting the dialogue between young people and businessmen in national and local forums.

RESULTS

Development of 1,205 innovative ideas for rural businesses with triple impact; Business plans were focused on adding value to the local production, supporting young people’s self-employment and the improvement to the local economy, gender equality and reduction of youth migration.

Established communication with 30 companies willing to support businesses negotiating seed funds and funding.

Young people who are able to find innovative ways to create a future for themselves and also contribute to society by developing their rural communities.

TOTAL INVESTMENT: U$731,207

NIKA MILK

(2018 – 2022)

 

NIKA MILK is a Heifer Nicaragua project that seeks to empower the national dairy industry starting with the milk producers, their families and their cooperatives.

During its first phase between 2018-2021, the project’s general objective was to improve the dairy production profitability and competitiveness. Focus was placed on strengthening business resilience, gender perspective and social capital to achieve a living income for the families linked to the livestock farming value chain.

Currently in its second Phase from 2021 to 2022, it seeks that the milk-producing-families and their organizations improve productivity and seek to care for the environment. Shifting towards quality dairy processing, fluid milk safety and hygiene, and the diversification of dairy products. In turn 4,200 families get inclusive access to markets allowing them to contribute to closing the income gap and achieving sustainable livestock farming. The project was developed in different communities of the Milky Way, the largest dairy basin in the country. This dairy area is made up of 5 municipalities: Muy Muy, Matiguas, Rio Blanco, Paiwas, Mulukuku.

RESULTS

Associated cooperatives improved their gross profit margin by 10%.

Increase of 5 % in the sales volume of fluid milk.

Equipment of Collection centers and laboratories.

42 rural entrepreneurships with gender approach in the dairy processing ($42,260) and eggs production.

18 Auto Saving and loan committees (CAAP’s) with self-management of $11,042.59 that ensures additional incomes to the families.

TOTAL INVESTMENT: U$2.3 MILLIONS

BEYOND COFFEE II

(2018 – 2022)

 

The project has regional coverage (México, Honduras and Nicaragua). In Nicaragua we have integrated 2,932 families with 36 % of women`s participation.

The project Beyond Coffee was born to face the challenges that coffee growers face, and it gives them the opportunity to diversify their income sources with complementary agricultural products in their farms.

Beyond Coffee focuses on creating new opportunities for Nicaraguan producers, by diversifying their incomes through Plantain (644 families), Cocoa (345 families), Passion fruit (250 families) and honey (257 families). Abovementioned created additional incomes with dried cocoa beans, which were exported by the company EXPASA (part of the ECOM Group) to Trading Organic in Amsterdam, coordinated by the project Beyond Coffee.

During the first year of its implementation, Beyond Coffee I made an organizational dialogue identifying that 67% of the organizations do not have commercial management structures. The strategy to solve it was having dialogues with them to determine support mechanisms for business and commercial management.

12 organizations now are commercially connected in a sustainable way with the differentiated marketing, 6 organizations that had participated are now directly linked with the fair-trade market through marks such as FT and FTO.

781 trainings were carried out (292 with crop diversification and 489 with coffee) with a total of 1,794 participants, 639 of whom are female. Also, 200 facilitators have participated supporting the producers in the training process and the work in their farm plots.

The technical consultancy of the project and linking to Cooperatives: Flores del Campo, COOMPROCOM RL, Flor de Pancasán and COOMCAFE with the organization MEDA and its program TECNOLOLINKS, which offers access to technologies that are improving the productivity, quality and agricultural profitability of small producers. As a result, Flores del Campo Cooperative is going to win a project approval from a funding of U$ 20,000 destined to invest on the strengthening of their productive capacities in the coffee business.

RESULTS

Till September 2021, 118 hectares of Passion fruit were established and alliances with the enterprises ECOM and OLAM were made.

Organic and Fair-Trade Certifications with a coffee offer of 30,224.64 QQ oro*

8 cooperatives fixed 2,474.32 QQ oro, with incomes of $150,796.40, with 41% of profitability for the coffee-growing families and a 10% more in income compared to the geographical local price.

Contract with a client from Denmark that is going to buy Honey coffee. This relation will ensure the improvement of the income from $180 to $280 QQ/oro.

*Note: QQ/oro: Quintals/oro. Coffee producers use it to mean the finished, hulled, graded and sorted, export grade raw coffee.

TOTAL INVESTMENT: U$1.038 MILLION

EMPUJE

(2019 – 2023)

 

Heifer International’s direct intervention approach in the EMPUJE project aims to improve the welfare of 3,240 young people between 15 and 30 years old, including 1,944 women from Matagalpa and Boaco departments.

To that end, Heifer Nicaragua implements its Technical Skills Training Program, based on entrepreneurship, values and life skills with gender perspective. With the leadership that Children Believe Nicaragua has developed and funded by the Government of Canada, more young people are having access to courses and programs that provide them technical training and certification, to meet the market demand.

Further, the project is promoting the creation of job opportunities or self-employment by involving the local companies, promoting career and job fairs, campaigns promoting employment and youth entrepreneurship, technical conferences to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in areas that concerns the project and promoting the dialogue between young people and businessmen in national and local forums.

RESULTADOS

Development of 1,205 innovative ideas for rural businesses with triple impact; Business plans were focused on adding value to the local production, supporting young people’s self-employment and the improvement to the local economy, gender equality and reduction of youth migration.

Established communication with 30 companies willing to support businesses negotiating seed funds and funding.

Young people who are able to find innovative ways to create a future for themselves and also contribute to society by developing their rural communities.

TOTAL INVESTMENT: U$731,207