Housing in the middle of nowhere
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Our return to San Nicolas is by way of Esteli, a town that is known for having been at the center of the Sandinista revolution.
Riding in the back of the pickup trucks, we have a wonderful open view of the mountains and fields.
By the side of the road at a little place called Limay, we come upon a series of new concrete block houses.
Empty government housing
They have concrete foundations and corrugated metal roofs. All are small and identical. There are three rows of seven houses, about 20 feet apart. Behind the houses and between the rows are a series of outhouses.
The closeness of the buildings to one another does not offer the kind of privacy and independence that families in this area are accustomed to.
This small housing project was built by the Nicagauan governement with funds from international aid for victims of Hurricane Mitch.
It is difficult to find families to live in the houses because they are located far from where people work. The peasant farmers would have to rise early and walk long distances to their fields.
Only a few of the houses are occupied.
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