Supporting indigenous women in Nicaragua: the Mayagna women of the Mayaring Cooperative

The Mayagna group is the second-largest indigenous group in Nicaragua, with over 18 000 people located mostly in or near the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve. Their community faces significant problems with illegal timber extraction and agricultural expansion in its territories. FAO's Forest and Farm Facility works with the Mayagna community, including the Mayaring Cooperative, a women-only community-based organization of 26 women who produce wood-based handicrafts from native tuno trees. The FFS provides support for the group to improve its organizational, business and natural resource management capacities, and to reduce poverty and food insecurity in their indigenous community.