Logo for Women’s Maya Nut cooperative, Nicaragua. Logo design by Karen Lara.

Nicaragua

The common name for Maya Nut in Nicaragua (and Costa Rica) is Ojoche (Oh-Ho-Chay). There are currently 3 women’s Maya Nut businesses in Nicaragua, Flor de Ojoche, Ojoche Producers of San Pedro and Ojoche Cooperative of Versailles.

Women in San Pedro del Norte, Chinandega Nicaragua showing their Maya Nut products. Erika Vohman photo

Women in San Pedro del Norte, Chinandega Nicaragua showing their Maya Nut products. Erika Vohman photo

There is also a new food processing company, ProLeizam which is producing all of the Maya Nut SuperCereal for the Maya Nut School Lunch programs in Nicaragua and Guatemala as part of our certification program.

Maya Nut sales to the US have quadrupled in the past 12 months and in some cases, Nicaraguan women producers have more than doubled their annual family income!

We have trained more tan 250 communities in the departments of Rivas, Boaco, RAAN, RAAS, Chinandega, Chichigalpa, Leon, Masaya, Siuna, Chontales, Carazo and Granada. We have trained Miskito, Tawahka, Mayagna and Mestizo communities.

Women in Rancheria, Chichigalpa with their Maya Nut dishes. Erika Vohman photo

Miskito communities in the RAAN implemented the Healthy Kids, Healthy Forests program in 2010-2012 funded by the World Bank
to help recover from the devastation caused by hurricane Felix which destroyed more than 1 million acres of rainforest in the Nicaraguan Mosquitia region in 2007. They fed 250 children Maya Nut school lunches for a year and planted 150,000 Maya Nut trees.