Our partnerships are very important to us and our work. They assess the needs of their communities through decades of dedication and direct involvement and they help direct us towards the best ways to leverage our skill building focus. We couldn´t do our work without their leadership.
AMCC is a non–profit organization founded in 1988 whose main purpose is to promote economic, political and ideological empowerment processes to create basic conditions for young and adult women from Northern Nicaragua to exercise their full citizenship. With the aim of breaking traditional roles of the patriarchal Nicaraguan society, AMCC develops three different programs:
Technical Training School for Women, through the promotion of non-traditional technical trades for women.
Awareness Raising, so that women in Nicaragua may exercise their citizenship.
Sustainability and Capacity Building.
Liz supports AMCC in bringing her natural building expertise to our technical school and particularly to our natural building courses, teaching workshops in earthen building and natural plasters and contributing to the promotion of quality natural building in the region.
Grupo Fenix is a consortium of entities and people revolving around renewable energy and sustainable development in Nicaragua, formed in 1996. It consists of several small organizations, projects and individuals located in Managua, the rural north of Nicaragua and the United States. Members of Grupo Fenix include: PFAE (Alternative Energy Source Program), COOMUSOT (Cooperativa Multisectorial “Mujeres Solares de Totogalpa”, SuniSolar and Skyheat. PFAE at the National Engineering University (UNI) in Managua serves as the coordinating center for Grupo Fenix.
Natural earth building has been a very dynamic addition to Grupo Fenix’s accompaniment of the communities in Totogalpa on their road to sustainable development. Liz’s broad solid practical knowledge, her genuine connection with the local population and her insistence in quality as we built three new public buildings and made vital repairs in several dwellings has had a tremendous empowering effect on the community. Now we serve as a model to inspire other communities.
-- Susan Kinne, Director
The Sweet Progress Pilot Project is a collaboration of teachers and students from various NGO’s and Universities working with the locals of a small town named Tipitapa on the outskirts of the capital Managua. Our mission is to create jobs, improve the living environment, and to create solutions of economic opportunity for the women of the community. Currently we are organizing a project to empower local women to train and evolve beekeeping colonies, leading to the creation of 3000 new Apiaries and 78,000 hives in Nicaragua.
Sweet Progress is working in collaboration with the Nicaragua Pueblo Project to reach one of their goals of training women the skills of natural building. This community is in need of homes and safe infrastructures for waste and clean water. The Pueblo Project will lead a training course that will build four composting toilets and help the locals create and develop Twenty urban gardens. These elevated and vertical living gardens throughout the community will be used for growing food, as well as bring the beauty of nature back into the community, stimulate pollination for new vegetables and plants in the area, and compliment the first honey cycle for the bee colonies. These skills will be transferable towards creating homes and community spaces to support education, a beekeeping cottage industry with value added products for export, and overall increased quality of life.