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Jiquilillo
Nicaragua

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If you are looking for long sandy beaches, with great surf rolling in, a place of the grid where just can relax and enjoy life Monty´s Beach Lodge in Jiquillio, Nicaragua is the place. There is just something a little bit diferent with this paradise, social tourism. The beauty of Jiquillio is breathtaking but it faces some tough social and environmental challenges. And as a successful resort Monty´s have specialized in not only giving back to community but to involve every single guest they have in their social projects.   From simple acts of helpful kindness to critical improvements in sustainable development, there are many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of the people of Jiquilillo.
Guests of Monty’s Beach Lodge are invited to participate in local efforts for a vacation that refreshes both the body and the soul. Simply by staying at Monty’s a portion of your accommodation rate will be directed toward ongoing community projects!

We have alot of projects going on all the time were your hand, heart and help is needed. No need to be a professional or even know spanish, our experienced staff at the spot will get you set in and help you out.

Keep updated with our ongoing projects by following our blog. If you have any questions at all feel free to contact us here at Monty´s.

Kitchen, Tools and Toilets!

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Like the last post described there were a few things missing. That included: kitchen, toilets, electricity and water. Thanks to the American Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF) we are now a few steps closer to the moving-in-date!

This week each family was given a machete, a showel and some other small tools to be able to construct the holes for the latrines. The latrines are ecotoilets made by a 3 meter deep hole in the ground and it works without water. The fact that it is without water is rather important since there is a lack of fresh water sources, so to be able to save the water this is a great solution. But more about that next week when the construction work begins.

Allan, Monty´s project leader handing out tools to the families of Villa Esperanza.

Allan, Monty´s project leader handing out tools to the families of Villa Esperanza.



Yesterday 30 new kitchens arrived donated by the ANF. The kitchens are made by a small family owned business in Léon Nicaragua called MiFógon.

A family owned business in Léon, a small idea that turned out to be great!

A family owned business in Léon, a small idea that turned out to be great!

Mifógon is both an oven, grill and griddle, all-in-one! Most households here in Nicaragua are cooking with firewood, and the smoke from it makes alot of women sick with chronic lung diseases. Also the MiFógon is used with firewood, but it is equiped with a chimney to lead to smoke up and away from the person cooking. Furthermore do to the construction of the oven the heat is isolated so you don´t need to use as much firewood as you do with the normal cooking adjustments (which usually are open fires). Here is a small video showing how it works it, it is only in spanish but it gives a picture of how it works MiFógon video.

The all-in-one-oven.The whole community listening to the founder of MiFógon on how to best take care of and use the new kitchen.
A kitchen like this costs 150$, it may not sound a lot to you, but here it can be a months salary, so the people of Villa Esperanza are more than happy for those kitchens. And furthermore it will be cheaper to cook and it will be more healthy!

 
It may be good for cooking but to move it…it weighs a lot!

It may be good for cooking but to move it…it weighs a lot!

Here is Don Felix with his family in front of their house with their new kitchen.

Here is Don Felix with his family in front of their house with their new kitchen.