Our support is largely focused on strengthening and promoting the rights of women and workers, and the Miskito communities on the Atlantic coast.


With almost 30% of its population living in poverty (on less than $2 per day), Nicaragua ranks as one of the poorest countries on the American continent. An additional 8% of Nicaraguans find themselves in worse conditions, living in extreme poverty (surviving on less than $1.25). The greatest victims of these conditions are Nicaragua’s youth, whose education, health, and social integration suffer as a result. Approximately 50% of youth and adoloscents in Nicaraguan live in poverty.

According to a 2012 report published by UNICEF, only 48% of youth will successfully graduate from primary school. In addition, the report mentions that 500,000 youth and adolescents between the ages of 3 and 17 are not registered in the educational system at all. Education and support for youth and adolescents, continues to be a difficult problem for Nicaragua.

Poverty Levels in Nicaragua

What We Do

Horizons has partnered with Nicaraguan grassroots organizations since 1980, when the country began a process of reconstruction following the Somoza dictatorship. Since then, our support has focused largely on strengthening the co-op movement, promoting the rights of women and maquila workers, providing opportunities to youth, and working with Miskitu community on the Atlantic coast. Additionally, Horizons and its partners in Nicaragua work to:

  • Promote food security, agricultural cooperatives, and micro-credits,
  • Support basic education and healthcare,
  • Defend Indigenous, youth, and rural communities,
  • Empower youth and women – particularly maquila workers rights in the workplace, and combat gender-violence.


Featured Projects


Building a Youth Green Movement in Nicaragua,

The Oscar Arnulfo Romero Association for Socio-Cultural Promotion (ACOAR)
Nandaime, Nicaragua
Project Duration:
Feb, 2017 - Jan, 2019

Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Puerto Cabezas and Waspam Rio Coco Communities

The Association of Indigenous Women of the Atlantic (AMICA)
The municipalities of Puerto Cabezas and Waspam Rio Coco, Nicaragua
Project Duration:
February, 2017 - December, 2018


Labour Rights in Nicaragua’s Free Trade Zones

Maria Elena Cuadra's Working and Unemployed Women's Movement (MEC).
Managua, Nicaragua
Jan, 2017 - Dec, 2018