Life on the outskirts of Managua is not easy. Although Nicaragua has a stable democratic government, is one of the main destinations for investments in international cooperation and its growth is sustained at a near 4% rate; over 40% of its population is below poverty level and social inequalities are still evident in much of the country.
Rural areas –especially large and one of the main drivers of Nicaraguan exports– home to 80% of the country's poor, who face serious daily problems such as food, water and light shortages, minimum health services, poor infrastructures and connections, and a common presence of assaults, robberies and gangs.
Just beyond the asphalt of the streets of south Managua appears, surrounded by fields and tropical forests, one of these areas: Pochocuape. More than a village or a neighborhood, it is a rural community, where houses are far from each other lost between the trees, but where citizen ties contribute to unite a population struggling to survive.
Leti lives with her three children –Karen, Albin and Iveth– in a simple home, half wood half concrete, marking a very fuzzy boundary with a lush nature that is everywhere. Widow of a husband who was killed in an assault five years ago, she works in the field and gets to feed and educate her children, with the help of her family and neighbors. They store all the water they can to use it when there are cuts, and candles are always on hand to light when electricity does not reach home.
Every week she attends rural management courses and she is also enrolled in a government program to aid development of the first sector. Her children, used to live with iguanas, monkeys, spiders and snakes, never miss school, aware that the happy world in which they live can be even better.