The year 2013 started for me with two Natural Building Projects in Nicaragua. I joined Liz Johndrow of Earthen Endeavours as an assistant for 2 Natural Building Courses.

The first project was in Condega, Northern Nicaragua, where we teamed up with the association of women builders of Condega (AMCC – Asociación de Mujeres Constructoras de Condega), whose main purpose is to promote economic, political and ideological empowerment processes for young and adult women from Northern Nicaragua. For further information check out the AMCC’s homepage:

In Condega we built a cafetería for the new women’s carpentry school using all kinds of wall systems, like Adobe, Wattle and Daub, Wattle and Cob, Taquezal, Chorizo, Maya Cyclón.

The second project was the rural community of Saban Grande in collaboration with the Solar Youth Group and Grupo Fenix. Grupo Fenix consists of several small organizations and projects that are engaged in renewable energy and sustainable development in Nicaragua. During our time in the village, we stayed with one of the “Mujeres Solares”, the Solar Women, who run an off the grid solar restaurant, using solar energy, the sun to cook in their solar cookers, and gas produced by a bio-digestor.

In Sabana Grande we built a Youth Center using Adobe and Cob to build a round structure the will serve as a community space for children and adults.

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