Nov 21st Zoom: Nicaraguan Farmers on the Frontlines of Climate Change

From Drought to Deluge: Rural Farmers on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Rural farmers in Nicaragua are already living on the edge of extreme poverty and depend directly on the graces, and whims, of the natural environment. Their crops are their only lifeline to an already tenuous existence. Then Hurricane Eta blew through at the worst possible moment — at the height of the growing season just before the rainless months take hold. While many Nicaraguans have already fled north, most cannot just pick up and move. The government is already economically strapped and politically overwhelmed. What can poor farmers do?

Join us on November 21st at 7:30pm to hear from Caitlyn Peake and Maria Espinosa, environmental and development experts from Green Empowerment, about current realities for Nicaraguan farmers and next steps in this precarious situation.

When: Nov 21, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYoce-hpjwuHNE6_zB7Ob9iPMAos_R57HyB

Maria Espinoza, left and Caitlyn Peake, right

Caitlyn Peake joined the Green Empowerment team in 2009 as a Program Fellow in Nicaragua, where she supported project expansion and implementation, including the organization’s first improved cookstove project in Central America. In 2015, she was promoted to Regional Director, and after eight years abroad she relocated to Portland to serve as Program Director. In this role, Caitlyn works with local staff and partners to develop, implement and evaluate projects. She also facilitates knowledge exchange across Green Empowerment’s program countries.

Maria Espinoza has extensive experience in rural sector microfinance in Nicaragua and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. As Green Empowerment’s Nicaragua Program Coordinator since 2018, she supports the development and management of dozens of energy, water, and conservation projects with our local partners in Nicaragua. Maria provides expertise on water system administration, program evaluation, and alternative finance models.

Green Empowerment is a Portland-based nonprofit organization that works with rural communities around the world to increase access to affordable and renewable energy, safe drinking water, sanitation systems and fuel-efficient cookstoves. Green Empowerment projects put communities on a sustainable energy pathway, leading to improved health and environmental outcomes and strengthening livelihood opportunities. Established in 1997, Green Empowerment currently works in nine countries to address the challenges of energy poverty and environmental degradation.

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