Although Nicaragua is the largest nation in Central America, it is the most sparsely populated and second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Hardship is a looming shadow over this country with an estimated 45% of the population living below the poverty line which, needless to say, has a much lower threshold than in the United States or other “first-world” countries. Add high unemployment and under-employment levels for able-bodied citizens and guess what happens to people with disabilities?
There are few services or opportunities for people with disabilities in Nicaragua’s countryside and so Granada, which has a special education school and some educational options and NGO programs, is a gathering place for families with members who are disabled.
Which brings us to el Cafe de las Sonrisas, the Cafe of Smiles. With a little digging we found that it is the first coffee shop in the Americas and the 4