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Carrie and Reed walk with a work crew at Finca Esperanza Verde, an eco-lodge in the mountains of Matagalpa Dept. Like so many business enterprises in
the country, the lodge is a community project, contributing funds to local schools and other needs. After the Revolution, the Sandinistas carved up
the large landholdings (and Somoza owned a reported 25% of the country) and redistributed them to the campesinos and formed collectives, modeled after
a similar movement in England in the 1800s. Many failed, but many continue today in various forms.
The village where we worked, Palo de Agua, is quite poor. There is no electricity and only one source of water-- a well not centrally located.
Only half the homes have an outhouse, while the others have no toilet. 20% of all Nicaraguans leave the country (and often their families) to find
work, usually in Costa Rica, the US, or Spain.