In 2021, Inter-Cultur will start its other program in Central America. The project in Nicaragua aims at promoting the status of women who work as entrepreneurs or businesswomen in the communities of Managua, Masaya Carazon. Through the weekly training offered to the beneficiaries, the women will be able to better help supporting their families and have a chance for personal growth. The training focuses on business management and life-skills and, in addition, the women have a chance to take part in networking sessions in which they can meet up, create new relations and help each other which creates and atmosphere of trust and understanding between them. In addition, three mobile kiosks will be offered for the businesses which they can use to promote their products and services. The local partner of Inter-Cultur is a NGO called ANDECUwho is responsible of the trainings.

Nicaragua is, as it stands, the poorest country in Central America where every seventh person lives below the poverty line. This have a direct impact on their chances of education and employment which is especially true for the women. Due to the Nicaraguan "Macho-culture" many women are also victims of domestic violence and segregation. This all have an impact on the mental health of the women.

The "National human-development plan of 2018-2021", made by the Nicaraguan government, focuses, among others, the promotion of entrepreneurship and gender equality within the country's borders. Especially gender equality is also highlighted in the Development policies set by the Finnish Foreign Ministry and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, these two latter ones put a great emphases on quality education. These are just the goals that Inter-Cultur is focusing on in Nicaragua. Through the promotion of the 240 women working in the field of entrepreneurship this project offers the women a change to gain economical independence and to support their families economically which would improve their status in the society and further enhance their self-esteem. Through the women, the project also helps their families, employees and colleagues.

  • Where:
    • Nicaragua (Managua, Masaya and Carazo)
  • When:
    • 2021 –
  • What:
    • Promoting the status of women through training of micro-entrepreneurs in business management and life-skills
  • Beneficiaries:
    • To the 240 women living in the communities
  • Local partner:
    • Asociación Nicaraguense de Educación y Cultura
  • Budjet:
    • 247 265€
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