The Price of Progress by Patrick Mellors

Antonio lives in Masaya, on the other side of the Pan-American Highway, which for Nicaragua is one of the few visible signs of progress in the traditional sense. Antonio owns a clean house complete with professionally done photographs of his children, shining tile floors, and a television, all of which are rare for a Nicaraguan household. Across the street, he has his own shoe workshop, which over the years has been the exclusive source of his income. In his living room he has stacks of leather sandals produced in his workshop; the sandals are simple but very appealing and of good quality. At first glance...

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The Best Weekend Yet by Chris Rhodenbaugh

Rhodenbaugh_scoccer.jpgThe weekend started off with an easy Friday night, staying in, because Movistar (the cell phone company that 45% of Nicaragua uses, and is popular across Central America) shut down for about 30 hours. That's right, a cell phone company went down for 30 hours, can you imagine what would happen in the US if Verizon went down for more than 24 hours?? People here didnt panic and just went about there lives. When I went in to the Movistar store I was the only person in there inquiring why I couldn't make phone calls, the employee in the store calmly informed me that the the entire country's network was out and she wasn't sure when it would come back on (I found out later they had problems across Central America). Saturday afternoon I helped administer a listening and conversation test...

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CookP 1 small.JPGSustainable Living in Chagüitillo, by Paul Cook

"A local resident who provided generous support to the project, Natasha Robinson, described its impact on her: 'I thought I could just pay for this project to be done. I thought I could be home right now drinking coffee, I didn’t think I would have to be out here working in the quebrada. But here I am working and loving it.'"

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