ViviendasLeón is dedicated to eliminating rural poverty in Central America - We empower communities to be agents of change

ViviendasLeón is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate rural poverty:

We empower and equip rural communities to be the agents of their own development

Our programs are participant-centered and community-driven. They address a complex history of neglect in the region, the effects of climate change and gender inequality. They work towards achieving food security and economic stability. We successfully support farm construction and maintenance, human capacity development, and water improvement efforts in rural communities for over two decades.

I have only appreciation in my heart for ViviendasLeón, because of their consistent presence in the community, giving us technical assistance, and encouraging us to move forward despite the problems that arise. ViviendasLeón is more than an organization, it is part of my family.

- Oralia Ramirez

Featured Updates


An Interview with Farmer Daisy Ramirez

Daisy has worked hard to overcome numerous obstacles and become an independent woman in her family and community. Today she earns a living wage as a farmer and small businesswoman, and supports her family with her earnings and food that she grows on her small farm.

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SME's Strengthen Families

SME's are rural small business that are designed to provide new sources of income for rural families. We connect their skills such as sewing or farming with business ideas that we support them to pursue.

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4 years = 10 %

Our unique 4-year cycle of training, farming, water and small businesses establishes a core group of families, 10%, who provide self-sustaining food security and economic expansion in their communities.

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Changing Women's Lives

Nine years ago, Margarita joined the Aristides-Sanchez Community Board to become an active participant in her community. Margarita described the community board, dominated by men, as one that discriminated against women, barred them from opportunities, and whose work was not recognized or valued.

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