Connecting communities and empowering agents of change, ViviendasLeón is dedicated to eliminating rural poverty

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


Building capacities for self sufficiency in rural communities

Educating our next generation of engaged and informed global citizens

For more than twenty years, we have involved international groups of students, educators and families in our development work in Central America, fostering cross-cultural awareness and a commitment to social justice -- while working with rural communities to achieve measurable, sustainable improvements in their standards of living.

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

Recent Updates


4 años = 20%

Nuestro ciclo único de 4 años de capacitación en capacidad, agricultura, infraestructura y proyectos empresariales da como resultado una masa crítica de familias (20% en cada comunidad) que logra medios de vida sostenibles, ingresos y la confianza para tener éxito.

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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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Improving water security

80 percent of rural Nicaraguans rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. Changes in rainfall and overuse of aquifers has left small farmers vulnerable to drought.

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Repairing forests

To combat the effects of climate change our Agroforestry Officer, Lesbia, has been teaching families how to plant Moringa trees, which serve as natural windbreaks and nutrient providers for the soil.

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