Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere after Haiti. The country is regularly hit by natural disasters including hurricanes and tropical storms that sweep across the Atlantic each year.
These emergencies push back the country's economic development.
Nicaragua is one of the three countries in the world worst affected by weather catastrophes, and the UN has warned that storms here will only get worse.
In Nicaragua, the poorest country in Latin America, 80% of urban jobs are in small or micro-companies, and 90% of rural businesses are linked to small, family-run farms.
One of the biggest challenges for small producers is being able to reach a market where they can sell their products. With limited access to transport, little bargaining power and no marketing or sales expertise, many struggle to earn a living.