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Building sustainable livelihoods

Building sustainable livelihoods for women in rural Nicaragua through organic sesame farming 

Location: Nicaragua, Central America
Project participants: 40 farmers
Partner: Coproexnic (sesame and peanut cooperative)
Duration: 12 months

Working in partnership with local co-operative, Coproexnic, this project is supporting 40 women in rural northern Nicaragua to become organic sesame farmers


As the largest exporter of organic sesame seeds in Nicaragua, Coproexnic will provide training and support in preparing and planting an organic sesame farm.  This will cover Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), organic fertiliser production, and agribusiness skills.

The group will also receive equipment and materials to enable them to make sesame candy to sell locally.  This is a simple snack made from toasted sesame seeds and caramelised sugar. 

I am a businesswoman with my sesame. Before the women here couldn't even grab a machete, and now I am able to. I feel proud and satisfied because us women were remembered.”

This project is funded through a grant from a Trust (wishing to remain anonymous) and match-funded by Shared Interest Foundation donations. 

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