SofoNic: A committed team (part 1)

Oxana Delgadillo & Livio González   

SofoNIC, as a team, feels committed to one of the most important tasks in the history of mankind: development and use of the land. We don't need a deep study to realize that one of the main pillars in human development is knowing how to make use of the existing natural resources in order to survive. From primitive times our ancestors based their social development on different rural activities, such as hunting, food gathering and later, agriculture.


We have inherited our land from our previous generations and to many indigenous people it is sacred. We know that we need wood to cook and to build our houses, as much as we need the land to cultivate our food. All this is important, but the way in which we have acted has led to massive deforestation, and to one of the basic environmental problems in developing countries.

Nature, the ecosystem, habitat, the soil and the forests are suffering indiscriminate damage. The vegetation is disappearing, soils have lost their fertility, water sources are polluted, biodiversity is in danger, and all this contributes to low income and quality of life for the inhabitants.

Today, we can witness the consequences and destructive climatic changes of our atmosphere in large measure due to governments not given enough or no importance to this crucial problem. Some people destroy the environment to get quick profits, some areas are becoming sterile, there are no longer trees. There is no doubt that we are slowly destroying ourselves.

Looking at the problem we see the need to contribute by implementing projects aimed at promoting ecologically sustainable and economically viable alternatives to deforestation and the erosion of agricultural lands, such as: reforestation, forest management, conservation of soils and water, organic agriculture, agro-forestation, technical formation, and guidelines about environmental education. These should encourage the diversification of production under schemes of sustainable management of the natural resources with gender focus.

Our main task must be to encourage wise methods of animal husbandry and agriculture, and an environmental consciousness, which, in turn, should lead to improvements of the living conditions of the rural population, improved equality in the relationships between men and women, as well as access opportunities to goods, services and the benefits of production.

We assist our producers by providing advice and guidance, committed to the care of our environment and to sustainable development.

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Martín Meléndez
Civil Engineer
Spanish and English
Microconcrete roofing tiles (MCR), CP 40 (alternative cement), adobe, tapial, burnt clay bricks, social organization, workshop planning for MCR and alternative cement, setup and implementation of housing projects, disaster prevention in construction


In 2005, SofoNic has started a dual education program for masons in Nicaragua, using its house-building programs as a base. Teaming up with the local technical school in Jinotepe they are graduating about ten masons every year since. Most f them have found jobs in construction or have started a business on their own. SofoNic has contracted several of them as master masons in the reconstruction programs in Haiti.