Saturday, June 16, 2007
A washing station along Lake Nicaragua. People use the Lake for all their water needs - drinking, bathing and washing. People also bring herds of cattle and horses to the lake to drink both in the morning and evening. The Lake is the second largest fresh water body in Latin America (Lake Titicaca is the biggest).
Many foreigners are buying up lakefront property - currently priced at about $8000 US for an acre or more along the lake. It is much less for local people. The minimum wage in Nicaragua is $1.50 US/day, and over 60% of men are unemployed. Most survive by subsistence farming. Tourism is becoming more important, especially for young people - many of whom are highly motivated to learn English and work as tour guides to earn cash.