RIVAS: Marilene Hernández Ortiz, wearing blue in this photo taken with her mother and daughter, has worked on a farm since she was 8 years old. When she was 20 years old she received a small plot of land in Rivas, Nicaragua from her family which she used to raise a couple of cows for milk. But her farm struggled until 2015 when she joined the Pontis Sustainable Agriculture Program in Ometepe.
Over the past two years, Marilene has learned new methods to improve the health of her cows, significantly increasing their milk production. In addition, by using compost and organic fertilizers she has added other crops. Not only does this diversify her income to protect against unexpected events but the new techniques have doubled her farm's production.
Marilene is still studying, practicing, and applying the techniques she learns from Pontis. Techniques that are improving her family's lives and ensuring her daughter's family will carry on this success.
Marilene and her family are one of approximately 50 families who participate in the three Pontis training programs on the island of Ometepe.