The coastal town of Puerto Cabezas used to thrive on tourism — until Hurricane Felix hit in 2007. It never recovered. Today the drug trade fuels the economy — and the hopelessness of many of its residents. The jail in Puertos Cabezas is filled with women who ran drugs in a desperate attempt to care for their families. This spring, TOLI is launching through a local ministry that helps these women recover, heal and build new futures for themselves and for their families.
TOLI partners with VERBO Church in Puerto Cabezas, which also runs a church, school, jail ministry and a thriving church. Together we are reaching young moms who have little regular income (under $100 a month) to help them build small enterprises. Coupled with intentional discipleship opportunites, small business training sessions and coaching from our partners and social worker, these women are finding hope where hope had been lost.
- Puerto Cabezas
by the numbers:
Population under age 18: 39%
Religions: Roman Catholic 51.6%, Evangelical 33.9%, other 1.5%, unspecified 12.9%
Unemployment rate: 6.5%
Literacy rate: male: 82% / female: 83%
People living below poverty line: 29.6%
Sources: UNICEF; CIA; UNDP