In 2017 we began working with SOPPEXCCA to develop Jinotega’s first-ever organic farmers market. Many women in our home garden project had become skilled enough to meet their families’ needs, and they now wanted to build new sources of income by selling their surplus produce.
2018 was a particularly difficult time to launch this new venture, as the co-op and its members reeled from a political crisis that shut off access to many communities. Even with this major roadblock, these women were still able to supply their families with fresh food and provide for their neighbors as well.
By the end of the year, the situation improved and we launched the new market. These home gardens provided much-needed stability during the crisis; now, the market, located at SOPPEXCCA’s headquarters in Jinotega, began to deliver regular income.
- Training in food security concepts and best practices for families and young people.
- Strategic crop diversification for food security, including cultivation of beans and corn, construction of a grain storage facility, and revolving loan fund for encouraging cultivation of basic grains.
- Soil and water conservation and composting to reduce erosion and improve soil nutrients and water usage.
- New women’s organic farmers market in Jinotega.
- Develop new economic opportunities and skills for women through organic gardens, nutrition education, and business planning and management
- Monitoring and evaluation systems and training for successful local management of livelihood and food security programs