WHO WE ARE
Heifer International is an NGO that has worked for more than 75 years to end hunger in the world.
In Nicaragua, we have been working for more than 20 years strengthening communities dedicated to cattle raising and agriculture in more than 20 departments.
Heifer International is a global nonprofit organization working with people from all around the world to end poverty and hunger through sustainable development. Strengthen local economies is the best way to help build secure livelihoods that guarantee a living income for local farmers.
Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest that had done volunteer service in the front line of the Spanish Civil War. He was a relief worker feeding refugees, but he had the idea of helping them in the long term, giving them not a cup, but a cow.
“Teaching a man to fish “was the idea that moved Dan West to found Heifer International. Now, 75 years later his philosophy still inspires Heifer’s work focused on ending hunger and poverty in the world once and for all.
Heifer’s history in Nicaragua began in 2000. The implemented projects have contributed to the socio-economic development in more than 48,420 families till date.
Heifer International Nicaragua is focused on supporting rural families so that they can achieve food security and decent incomes. It works towards social resilience in a sustainable way. And it empowers women with a model that supports individual or associative rural sustainable businesses.
To achieve this impact, Heifer is going to execute the project directly with organized groups of producers in alliance with private and public actors, local or national organizations, colleges and research centers.
Currently Heifer is working in three regions and 7 departments of the country. Western region: Chinandega and Leon. Segovia’s region: Estelí, Madriz, Nueva Segovia and Central north region: Matagalpa, Jinotega and The North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region.
Working with communities, to end world hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.
Dignified families and supportive communities, equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet.
Heifer International works with a set of essential values known as Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable development.
These are the foundation of Heifer’s work to develop and implement projects and to build alliances. Each value is integrated with the other ones to get a sustainable result, as the holistic-based development model requires.
Heifer Nicaragua contributes to eradicate hunger and ensure sustainable livelihoods by improving the skills of the vulnerable producing families. These families are supported by social capital strengthening and women’s empowerment which has a multiplier effect on the rural communities. This translates into a sustainable poverty and hunger reduction in the world.
THEORY OF CHANGE
Our strategies are based on a theory of change that implies developing the skills of the small producers. This is reached throughout 5 steps:
Communities get organized, they manage projects and make alliances.
Leadership roles are promoted, including taking decisions
at the family level.
Setting up better agroecological practices, we create more resilience to face climate change.
The access to nutritious food is promoted to make it available all the time.
ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY,
AND SEED CAPITAL
Improves the access to markets and financial services, diversifying the producer’s income.
1. Decent incomes for the producing families.
2. More organized communities.
3. Improvement of the country’s productive base.
This model seeks to strengthen the skills of young community members to create a facilitator’s network.
This network is going to multiply and pass on the technical skills and knowledge provided by Heifer`s expert field trainers to the producer families in their communities through farmer field schools.
Thus, a Heifer technician can train approximately 20 facilitators.
Each of these 20 facilitators transfer the knowledge of the technicians to at least 20 families in the Farmer Field Schools (ECAs).
These 20 families commit to share what they have learned with at least 2 more families.
Through the chain pass approach 800 families can be reached and trained with only 1 Heifer technician.
48,420 rural families
have improved their incomes and are contributing to closing the decent income gap.
of youth and women participation in our projects.
CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES
Coffee and Cacao