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Below are the testimonials and stories of families that have already been helped out by our partner in Nicaragua. Their lives have been changed considerably for the better. Finally all of their hard work started to benefit themselves instead of whoevers land they worked on.
“I used to work for someone else. You have to rent land, but some of the time the landowners take advantage of the poor.”
I heard about AMC and how they were securing land for people like me. So I went to the mayor’s office looking for help and they sent me to AMC. I was told to write a request and bring it to them on behalf of my family (having a family is one of the requirements of being accepted into the project).
“We hoped that God would provide.”
I followed the process. I received a call from Miguel that I was approved.
Melvin explained that his wife was hesitant and did not want to move. She was growing bananas, but the landowner was selling them. So she decided to move on.
“Now if we want a banana we can just go up to the tree and take one.”
It was initially very hard because they didn’t have money for transportation to move. He had to walk to the new land with his son.
“One day we will have enough for selling and get a better price.”
They work in organic, which takes longer. If they used pesticides and everything that can be bought from the store, they might produce more, but they want to put the best things into their land.
He says that in order to increase production, they are working on getting organized as a community farm.
“I felt like a slave working for someone else.” The cost of rent on the land was so high. Now we are not renting, but own the land.
“We are working for ourselves. We decide what we want to do with our land.”
“It was hard coming here. We didn’t have anything in the beginning; nothing was planted yet.”
She didn’t want to bother anyone she didn’t know.
The project gave women animals. Also received technical training and medical support.
“Whenever I want eggs I can just go and get them and fry them.”
She says the community came together. They have animals for feeding themselves. Livestock are a good way to improve a family diet by introducing milk, meat and eggs. They sell only where they have a surplus. Animals were introduced to the community because there were many women with malnourished children.
Nothing was previously planted on his land, but now he plants different types of seeds.
“Everything was planted from nothing.”
One day he noticed a puddle of water and followed it to a stream. He now collects the water in a barrel. It is clear and drinkable – the cleanest water in the community.
He has grown his farm to house 60 chickens
It has taken him four years to get to this point. He says his success is due to good stewardship of his land.
Martin says AMC has helped many families who did not have land. Because of the poor economic situation, many children had malnutrition. By implementing food security they can ensure they have food for their families.
Martin says he grows cocoa, coffee, plantain, cassava, corn, beans, avocados, oranges, bananas, lemons and mangos. They sell the coffee and cocoa, and they rest is to sustain themselves.
“The first objective is feeding our own families.” Then we sell in the local market.
Martin says he has 8 people in his family, living in his home.
His daughter lives with him as her husband is working abroad in Costa Rica. He also has 3 boys and 2 girls.
They all work on the land together.
Martin says “the land bank allows my family to stay united, since we don’t need to go work on other people’s farms.”
“My farm provides everything that my family needs. For eight years I haven’t worked for anyone else. I only work for my family.”
Martin says they are able to provide their own food and education. His oldest daughter has graduated from high school.