Despite the beauty of both the geography and the people here, Nicaragua holds claim to the title of being the second poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Poverty is severe with 50% living on less than a $2/day. The Nicaraguan people have faced oppression by corruption, poverty, and civil unrest for decades, but nonetheless, it is clear that God has been at work here longer than any of us.
Ticuantepe is rural farming community just outside of the capital city of Managua. Known for its picturesque pineapple plantations intermixed with dragon fruit and other citrus crops, this region has rugged terrain and lies directly downwind of the neighboring (active) Masaya Volcano. The resulting acidic soil caused by the volcano has resulted in few crops that can thrive in the harsh environment. One acidic rain event can wipe out the crops of the entire region. And it's not only hard for crops to thrive here, but life in "the valley' is tough for anyone who calls it home. That doesn't seem to affect the local community much though, as the two things that most stand out about the culture are their incredible work ethic and hospitable nature.
We are involved in the following areas:
- A 29ac farm that hosts a number of incredible crops, such pineapple, dragonfruit, coffee, bananas, and more
- Multiple off-grid cabins for hosting retreats and teams
- Running small businesses
- Community partnerships
- Teaching English