Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America, with one in seven people living in extreme poverty. Women are often particularly vulnerable as they lack access to education and employment opportunities. In addition, the prevailing macho culture yields domestic violence and mental health problems, such as low self-esteem in women and family members.
In 2021, Inter-Cultur started a new development cooperation with our local partner, ANDECU. By offering human-rights workshops, vocational training and formation to women in rural areas of Nicaragua, we aim to tackle the gender-gap problem. The program provides capacitation on needlework, cooking, and styling; soon, the women can begin their own businesses with the program’s help and network. Through the promotion of entrepreneurship, this project provides the women with a chance to gain economic independence and support their families economically, improving their status in society and further enhancing their self-esteem.
Inter-Cultur’s projects in Nicaragua are designed to support and align with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).