This is a video I took on the way to Puerto Sandino, a sparsely populated part of Nagarote where 13 of the 30 clients participating in our reforestation project live.  It’s a way of life that amazes me.  We are going to have one of the three trainings at the house of Jose Ramon Mendoza Herrera, who lives on 900 acres and earns about $150 a day.  The owners of the land live in the states and in a city about two hours north, and he has been taking care of the land and raising cattle for 30 years.  He was promised 50 acres five years ago in return for his years of service to the family, but as of now the paperwork still hasn’t been completed.

What amazes me is how some people live on so much land in such poverty!  One answer definitely is lack of credit.  Without capital it is nearly impossible to invest in the changes neccessary to create more capital.  As we have continued to interview the clients selected for this project, it’s clear that this is not an unusual situation.  Although the size of the land varies from 5 acres to 900, many were given land by a cooperative that dissolved, or a family member, but lack the paperwork that makes it legal.  Without proper ownership, they will never be able to take out a loan larger than $1500, which requires property as a guarantee.

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